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Anger at three week disruption to Dragon's Cross at Bilbrook
10:00am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
WORK to improve drainage at a notorious flood spot will cause chaos on the roads to Minehead for three weeks, according to residents.
The Dragon’s Cross, at Bilbrook, flooded several times last winter, resulting in an emergency closure of the road.
The work which begins on November 4 will mean the road will be out of use for vehicles between 9am and 3.30pm on weekdays.
Diversions will be in place for cars and light vehicles between Washford Cross, Dunster and Minehead.
However, vehicles over 18 tonnes or 9.5m in length cannot use the alternative routes and will only be allowed through the closed-off section at 11am and 1.30pm.
The work has already seen a number of complaints to Somerset County Council and on Facebook asking why the work cannot be done at night-time.
Minehead town councillor Gary Miele said: “I don’t understand why it couldn’t have been done at night.
“Not only are they cutting people off because of the disruption to public transport but think about the extra time and expenses needed for people who use that road daily such as my workers.
“Who will pay the extra expenses for them? It will mean they have to leave earlier, and spend more on petrol.
“The county council were not very helpful when we discussed it at the town council meeting on Tuesday and just avoided all of the questions asked.”
A spokesperson from the council said: “The A39 at Bilbrook was badly affected by flooding on several occasions last winter which caused widespread disruption.
“We apologise for any inconvenience but we hope people will understand that they are necessary in the long run.”
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