A BUSY stretch of the A303 in Somerset has re-opened after floods closed a section of the road.

The westbound carriageway of the A303 between the A37/A372 near Podimore and the A3088 near Cartgate was still shut due to flooding this morning, but according to National Highways, it has since re-opened.


Earlier this morning, National Highways said: "We have no estimated time of re-opening at this stage as we are awaiting water levels to subside."

In their most recent update however, they confirmed: "The A303 in Somerset has reopened westbound between the A37/A372 near Podimore and the A3088 near Cartgate after low amounts of rainfall overnight allowed the flood water to recede."

"Further heavy rainfall forecast overnight tonight. Please plan your journeys in the area."

Travel Somerset said: "Still some closures due to flooding out there and we're expecting more rain later today and tomorrow."

The stretch of key Somerset A-road has been closed due to flooding several times this week since heavy rain doused the county on Monday December 4.

Initially, the eastbound carriageway between the A37/A372 Podimore and the A359 Sparkford closed temporarily on Monday due to flooding.

It soon re-opened, but disaster struck once again the next day, as flooding saw the A303 closed in both directions between the A3088 (Cartgate) and the A359 (Sparkford) on Tuesday December 5.

Recovery crews were in attendance to clear the drains and standing water from the carriageway, but only to some avail, as the westbound carriageway between the A37/A372 near Podimore and the A3088 near Cartgate remained shut until 9:19am on Wesnesday morning.