M5 northbound reopened after accident

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  • Multi-vehicle accident closed M5 northbound, between J23 and J22.
  • Motorists suffered long delays.
  • All emergency services were on the scene.

10:23pm

THE motorway is now completely open.

8:10pm

POLICE report that one lane is now closed after two lanes were reopened.

6:04pm

6:03pm

6:03pm

THE M5 is closed northbound between junction 23 for Bridgwater and junction 22 for Burnham-on-sea, following a multi-vehicle accident. 

All emergency services have attended the scene and long delays are expected. 

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11:18am Wed 15 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Here we are 2nd week into. New Year, and we have the first, of. I'm sure many, unfortunate Motorway Collisions, which cause I sure considerable problems for on the roads! as the motorist exit the motorway where they are able, and use the A38 /A39 around and through Bridgwater.
Thus proving my point and need for the Bridgwater by-Pass to be Considered
As a necessary requirement, in front of the HINKLEY C Project, which is to be the largest construction project in Europe when Started, spanning 10-12
Years minimum.
My e.gov petition link is :For those of you& who would like to support this call for a review of the whole process which determined that our present roads could cope with the extra volumes of HGV and Worker transport Vehicles, coming from a 90 minute travel radius to work on this Major project. Already we are gridlocked on our main routes in and through the town, so if no improvements are to made! only Tinkering with traffic management to prioritise the Hinkley C traffic, then by its very nature this will delay the rest of us as, the lights will be against us, unless we are following40 ton HGV lorries all day! every day for the next 10 years......
E. gov petitions
Http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/58709
Thankyou in anticipation of your SUPPORT......David. L Preece
Here we are 2nd week into. New Year, and we have the first, of. I'm sure many, unfortunate Motorway Collisions, which cause I sure considerable problems for on the roads! as the motorist exit the motorway where they are able, and use the A38 /A39 around and through Bridgwater. Thus proving my point and need for the Bridgwater by-Pass to be Considered As a necessary requirement, in front of the HINKLEY C Project, which is to be the largest construction project in Europe when Started, spanning 10-12 Years minimum. My e.gov petition link is :For those of you& who would like to support this call for a review of the whole process which determined that our present roads could cope with the extra volumes of HGV and Worker transport Vehicles, coming from a 90 minute travel radius to work on this Major project. Already we are gridlocked on our main routes in and through the town, so if no improvements are to made! only Tinkering with traffic management to prioritise the Hinkley C traffic, then by its very nature this will delay the rest of us as, the lights will be against us, unless we are following40 ton HGV lorries all day! every day for the next 10 years...... E. gov petitions Http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/58709 Thankyou in anticipation of your SUPPORT......David. L Preece Blue Owl
  • Score: 2

12:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

frags27 says...

BlueOwl although I agree with you I think the question you missed here was hope nobody was killed, injured and if so are thoughts should with the families we should also be thanking the emergency services. Delays that we all experience are such a small price to pay compared to a life of a person, people lost...
BlueOwl although I agree with you I think the question you missed here was hope nobody was killed, injured and if so are thoughts should with the families we should also be thanking the emergency services. Delays that we all experience are such a small price to pay compared to a life of a person, people lost... frags27
  • Score: 7

1:09pm Wed 15 Jan 14

MartinB58 says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Here we are 2nd week into. New Year, and we have the first, of. I'm sure many, unfortunate Motorway Collisions, which cause I sure considerable problems for on the roads! as the motorist exit the motorway where they are able, and use the A38 /A39 around and through Bridgwater.
Thus proving my point and need for the Bridgwater by-Pass to be Considered
As a necessary requirement, in front of the HINKLEY C Project, which is to be the largest construction project in Europe when Started, spanning 10-12
Years minimum.
My e.gov petition link is :For those of you& who would like to support this call for a review of the whole process which determined that our present roads could cope with the extra volumes of HGV and Worker transport Vehicles, coming from a 90 minute travel radius to work on this Major project. Already we are gridlocked on our main routes in and through the town, so if no improvements are to made! only Tinkering with traffic management to prioritise the Hinkley C traffic, then by its very nature this will delay the rest of us as, the lights will be against us, unless we are following40 ton HGV lorries all day! every day for the next 10 years......
E. gov petitions
Http://epetitions.di

rect.gov.uk/petition

s/58709
Thankyou in anticipation of your SUPPORT......David. L Preece
Couldn't agree more. Petition signed.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Here we are 2nd week into. New Year, and we have the first, of. I'm sure many, unfortunate Motorway Collisions, which cause I sure considerable problems for on the roads! as the motorist exit the motorway where they are able, and use the A38 /A39 around and through Bridgwater. Thus proving my point and need for the Bridgwater by-Pass to be Considered As a necessary requirement, in front of the HINKLEY C Project, which is to be the largest construction project in Europe when Started, spanning 10-12 Years minimum. My e.gov petition link is :For those of you& who would like to support this call for a review of the whole process which determined that our present roads could cope with the extra volumes of HGV and Worker transport Vehicles, coming from a 90 minute travel radius to work on this Major project. Already we are gridlocked on our main routes in and through the town, so if no improvements are to made! only Tinkering with traffic management to prioritise the Hinkley C traffic, then by its very nature this will delay the rest of us as, the lights will be against us, unless we are following40 ton HGV lorries all day! every day for the next 10 years...... E. gov petitions Http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/58709 Thankyou in anticipation of your SUPPORT......David. L Preece[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Petition signed. MartinB58
  • Score: 4

7:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Baldbloke says...

I can't see how an accident on the northbound M5 between 23 and 22 is relevant to the argument relating to a Bridgwater bypass - traffic is way off the A38 and A39 at this point...
I can't see how an accident on the northbound M5 between 23 and 22 is relevant to the argument relating to a Bridgwater bypass - traffic is way off the A38 and A39 at this point... Baldbloke
  • Score: 7

8:53am Thu 16 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Frags, of course that is a consideration, which would have been forefront in my post, had it been indicated in the report that it was a serious accident. That their were casualties, the report, lacked that info.
As I was up in the Vale of Evesham, whilst posting this, when reading the Mercury on line.
Bald Bloke, as for your imput, well that's just the trouble " you do not see"
You just react to any post, comment, I make and oppose it !!!!
Do you not understand, any accident on any of our road s around the district, puts undue pressure on all the other routes when roads are closed for hours or even a whole day, when a fatality, as the Police have to carry out their investigations to establish the Why.!!!!
With the increased volumn's of Motorists driving to j24 and j23 Park and Rides from the 90 Min Travel radius, will increase the motorist egress and access to both these junctions. as they will Have to use these future P&R to access Hinkley C Site, No vehicles will be allowed to the Site, all Contractors and their Equipment must fo via the Buses 24/7........
So unlike you Baldbloke, I feel this is relevant !!!!!
David L Preece.
But, I would'nt expect you to support my call for EGov to take another look at this, in the determination of Highway infrastructure , for the Future Build of what is to be the Largest Construction Project in Europe, much larger than the Olympic Parc, in London.
Frags, of course that is a consideration, which would have been forefront in my post, had it been indicated in the report that it was a serious accident. That their were casualties, the report, lacked that info. As I was up in the Vale of Evesham, whilst posting this, when reading the Mercury on line. Bald Bloke, as for your imput, well that's just the trouble " you do not see" You just react to any post, comment, I make and oppose it !!!! Do you not understand, any accident on any of our road s around the district, puts undue pressure on all the other routes when roads are closed for hours or even a whole day, when a fatality, as the Police have to carry out their investigations to establish the Why.!!!! With the increased volumn's of Motorists driving to j24 and j23 Park and Rides from the 90 Min Travel radius, will increase the motorist egress and access to both these junctions. as they will Have to use these future P&R to access Hinkley C Site, No vehicles will be allowed to the Site, all Contractors and their Equipment must fo via the Buses 24/7........ So unlike you Baldbloke, I feel this is relevant !!!!! David L Preece. But, I would'nt expect you to support my call for EGov to take another look at this, in the determination of Highway infrastructure , for the Future Build of what is to be the Largest Construction Project in Europe, much larger than the Olympic Parc, in London. Blue Owl
  • Score: -3

7:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Baldbloke says...

I drive 40k miles a year on average, Blue Owl, so I do see, and do understand the situation perfectly.

Therefore I and many others who drive for a living don't need you to tell me what happens when there is an accident, especially a fatal one. M5, A38,A39, wherever - the end result is the same while the police do what they ned to.

I've probably spent more time in the current Bridgwater traffic than you lately, and many more hours behind a road closure when some poor soul has lost their life, cost the UK and lo

My comment was perfectly relevant in my view, and if you feel that i was having a go at you specifically, then you are more paranoid than I first thought....

Over to you, beaky...
I drive 40k miles a year on average, Blue Owl, so I do see, and do understand the situation perfectly. Therefore I and many others who drive for a living don't need you to tell me what happens when there is an accident, especially a fatal one. M5, A38,A39, wherever - the end result is the same while the police do what they ned to. I've probably spent more time in the current Bridgwater traffic than you lately, and many more hours behind a road closure when some poor soul has lost their life, cost the UK and lo My comment was perfectly relevant in my view, and if you feel that i was having a go at you specifically, then you are more paranoid than I first thought.... Over to you, beaky... Baldbloke
  • Score: 1

9:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Baldbloke, so therefore you will agree that the Highway around and through Bridgwater, get choked now when there is an Accident, so it is not going to improve when additional HGV and Transport Workers Buses are running every day..........So, why the Chalkenge to r very thing I post....you must be small minded in copying Twinkles with the sarcastic , beaky jibe!!
Great you drive for a living, so have I for the last 40 years, but not everyone, is so road savvy, I am trying to inform, as to what the traffic scenario, is going to be in the next few years.....
Hopefully encouraging them to sign up to the Epetition, that was launched last Thursday. Unlike you I do care, about the future of our Town, we are already suffering from Gridlock on our main routes in and out of Bridgwater.
David L Preece
Baldbloke, so therefore you will agree that the Highway around and through Bridgwater, get choked now when there is an Accident, so it is not going to improve when additional HGV and Transport Workers Buses are running every day..........So, why the Chalkenge to r very thing I post....you must be small minded in copying Twinkles with the sarcastic , beaky jibe!! Great you drive for a living, so have I for the last 40 years, but not everyone, is so road savvy, I am trying to inform, as to what the traffic scenario, is going to be in the next few years..... Hopefully encouraging them to sign up to the Epetition, that was launched last Thursday. Unlike you I do care, about the future of our Town, we are already suffering from Gridlock on our main routes in and out of Bridgwater. David L Preece Blue Owl
  • Score: -4

5:46pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Baldbloke says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Baldbloke, so therefore you will agree that the Highway around and through Bridgwater, get choked now when there is an Accident, so it is not going to improve when additional HGV and Transport Workers Buses are running every day..........So, why the Chalkenge to r very thing I post....you must be small minded in copying Twinkles with the sarcastic , beaky jibe!!
Great you drive for a living, so have I for the last 40 years, but not everyone, is so road savvy, I am trying to inform, as to what the traffic scenario, is going to be in the next few years.....
Hopefully encouraging them to sign up to the Epetition, that was launched last Thursday. Unlike you I do care, about the future of our Town, we are already suffering from Gridlock on our main routes in and out of Bridgwater.
David L Preece
Agreed, not everybody covers the miles that I do, and the gridlock affecting all of us will only get worse as C construction accelerates and traffic generally increases year-on-year as it has done for a long time. The whole Bridgwater traffic flow, especially at peak times, is finely balanced and an accident (the police term is now "collision" rather than "accident") simply makes matters worse.

However I'll say it again - there was no chalkenge (sic) to your post. It was my opinion that I am entitled to the same as you are entitled to yours. Additionally, I have my own mind and don't imitate others; I don't create or respond to e-petitions (not just yours) and I resent your implication that I don't care about what's happening to our Bridgwater roads - that is a presumption on your part and you are completely wrong.

What Bridgwater desperately needs is relief on the roads and someone with the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to make it happen. It never will because the bottom line is all that matters these days. Have a drive round J21 on the M5 for example, and see if you can see where the £15m on improvements went - because I'm damned sure i can't.

Over to you, Mr Blue Owl (reply respectfully if you please)
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Baldbloke, so therefore you will agree that the Highway around and through Bridgwater, get choked now when there is an Accident, so it is not going to improve when additional HGV and Transport Workers Buses are running every day..........So, why the Chalkenge to r very thing I post....you must be small minded in copying Twinkles with the sarcastic , beaky jibe!! Great you drive for a living, so have I for the last 40 years, but not everyone, is so road savvy, I am trying to inform, as to what the traffic scenario, is going to be in the next few years..... Hopefully encouraging them to sign up to the Epetition, that was launched last Thursday. Unlike you I do care, about the future of our Town, we are already suffering from Gridlock on our main routes in and out of Bridgwater. David L Preece[/p][/quote]Agreed, not everybody covers the miles that I do, and the gridlock affecting all of us will only get worse as C construction accelerates and traffic generally increases year-on-year as it has done for a long time. The whole Bridgwater traffic flow, especially at peak times, is finely balanced and an accident (the police term is now "collision" rather than "accident") simply makes matters worse. However I'll say it again - there was no chalkenge (sic) to your post. It was my opinion that I am entitled to the same as you are entitled to yours. Additionally, I have my own mind and don't imitate others; I don't create or respond to e-petitions (not just yours) and I resent your implication that I don't care about what's happening to our Bridgwater roads - that is a presumption on your part and you are completely wrong. What Bridgwater desperately needs is relief on the roads and someone with the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to make it happen. It never will because the bottom line is all that matters these days. Have a drive round J21 on the M5 for example, and see if you can see where the £15m on improvements went - because I'm damned sure i can't. Over to you, Mr Blue Owl (reply respectfully if you please) Baldbloke
  • Score: 0

9:25pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Baldbloke, good to read your views, likewise the Motorway Improvement works around J 21 M5, have been going on for ages. I see that the Central reservation Barriers have now been replaced with a Solid Reinforced Concrete Barrier, this obviously is supposed to stop traffic crossing the Central area and colliding head on with the other Carriage Way vehicles.
However, I fail to see that this will stop HGV's if in collision, with say a car, and riding up over the Crash Barrier.
I have for many years driven in France, Belgium, Germany, they have in recent years been putting similar on the A25 to Brussels. But with one difference, the Concrete is of a similar size and thickness also reinforced, and then covered externally with earth and Grass, so this softens and absorbs the physical impact of any vehicle..........
I would hate to see the end result of a 60 MPH Collision, I would have thought that any car would be bounced back into following traffic, causing more problems...Ow !!
Baldbloke, good to read your views, likewise the Motorway Improvement works around J 21 M5, have been going on for ages. I see that the Central reservation Barriers have now been replaced with a Solid Reinforced Concrete Barrier, this obviously is supposed to stop traffic crossing the Central area and colliding head on with the other Carriage Way vehicles. However, I fail to see that this will stop HGV's if in collision, with say a car, and riding up over the Crash Barrier. I have for many years driven in France, Belgium, Germany, they have in recent years been putting similar on the A25 to Brussels. But with one difference, the Concrete is of a similar size and thickness also reinforced, and then covered externally with earth and Grass, so this softens and absorbs the physical impact of any vehicle.......... I would hate to see the end result of a 60 MPH Collision, I would have thought that any car would be bounced back into following traffic, causing more problems...Ow !! Blue Owl
  • Score: -5

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