Almost total gridlock twice a day

AS A town Weston is fortunate at being a very popular coastal resort, but conversely unfortunate, especially for commuters in having one main outlet to the East of the M5 at junction 21.

AS A town Weston is fortunate at being a very popular coastal resort, but conversely unfortunate, especially for commuters in having one main outlet to the East of the M5 at junction 21.

When I was a sales rep, now long retired, I used this junction most days and even then the volume of traffic in the morning and evening rush hours was very heavy and had to be seen to be believed, since when it has become even more horrendous for those attempting to reach their place of work.

I read recently of a mass of new houses to be built on the old RAF Locking site (and no doubt elsewhere) which fills me with horror at the frightening prospect of ever more commuters, and can only result in almost total gridlock twice a day.

A further outlet for Weston traffic must be urgently found (some hope) and the obvious place is a new M5 junction where the A371 Locking Moor Road crosses the motorway just by the Locking Camp site.


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This could be designated Junction 21A and would relieve traffic in both directions. After all the much smaller town of Bridgwater benefits from two junctions, J23 north of the town and J24 south.

North Somerset Council must surely be aware of this problem and should make very urgent representation to the Highways Authority who are responsible for major road developments.

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I advocated this improvement two years ago, but as usual North Somerset Council ignored my proposal as they appear to be uninterested in any suggestions emanating from outside their own little clique.

Witness the development of the Tropicana into a decent pool and covered by a retractable roof as advocated time and time again by letters in the local press and surveys, but not North Somerset Council.

I doubt any such actions will be taken now, so to all those struggling to get in and out of Weston each working day I do not hold out much hope.

Anything like the Tropicana fiasco might just see some action in about 10 years - perhaps!

MR R E BIRTILL

Bleadon Hill, Weston

EDITOR'S NOTE: The last proposal the Weston Mercury reported on would see another sliproad joining the motorway from Wolvershill Road, south of the current access point.

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