M5 bridge works could bring chaos to our area

December 3, 2011 6:15 PM

Roadworks and closures could take up to a year Traffic congestion on motorway

Many local residents and businesses will suffer massive disruption due to the plans by the Highways Agency to close part of the busy A4019 Tewkesbury Road which goes from Cheltenham to Junction 10 of the M5 (Piffs Elm junction) for one year between March 2012 and March 2013. This closure is to enable urgent repair work to be carried out on the bridge across the motorway.

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury has written to the Highways Agency to highlight the massive impact the road closures will have on local residents and businesses. Alistair has called on the Highways Agency to:

  • Insist on 24 hour working to get the bridge repair work completed as soon as possible.
  • Ensure a full traffic management plan is in place before work starts with diversion routes which take account of the impact on existing roads and bus services.
  • Recognise the impact on local businesses through providing a compensation scheme.
  • Provide weight and waiting restrictions to minimise the impact on affected communities.
  • Ensure that access to the motorway through the site is available to all emergency vehicles.

Alistair said: "It is completely unacceptable that the road should be closed for a year in order to carry out this work. In view of the massive disruption which will be caused, the work needs to be completed in a far shorter time.

"I understand that these repairs have to be done, but we hope that the Highways Agency will give serious consideration to the inevitable problems and disruption that will be caused to local residents and commuters."

"I also understand that if work does not start in March 2012 then it will start in March 2013 instead."

Please let us know if there are issues you would like us to raise with the Highways Agency about this matter.

A petition has been launched to upgrade junction 10 of the M5 to make it a two way junction. If you want to sign the petition, the web address is http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/open-j10.html