New fight to tackle traffic chaos

INTERNET surfers can join in the fight to crack down on traffic chaos around Weston.

INTERNET surfers can join in the fight to crack down on traffic chaos around Weston.

A group has been formed on social networking site Facebook to ask people to help persuade the Government, Highways Agency and North Somerset Council to tackle congestion around junction 21 of the M5.

Started this year, it was created as part of Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate Mike Bell's campaign, which has the following suggestions:

* Adding a second lane to the northbound sliproad on the M5.

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* Creating a dedicated filter lane from Somerset Avenue onto the motorway roundabout.

* Looking at ways of using traffic lights better to control the flow of cars.

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* Getting improved public transport with cheaper and more reliable trains and buses.

* A second motorway junction.

* Creating more jobs in Weston so residents are not forced to commute to work.

Mr Bell said: "We have been promised long-term plans to improve junction 21 that may come to fruition in 10 years time, when what we need is action today.

"Every day thousands of commuters run the gauntlet of junction 21 to get to work. With the Government forcing another 12,000 homes on our area over the next few years, things can only get worse.

"It is high time that the Government listened and acted. Highways Agency officials have largely ignored junction 21, arguing that it is not a strategic traffic problem. That is simply not good enough.

"Action now is what is needed. We have waited long enough.

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