Frustration builds over five-year delay to 'vital' Colley Lane relief road

Bridgwater Mercury: The Colley Lane Southern Access Road could improve situations like this, in Taunton Road yesterday. The Colley Lane Southern Access Road could improve situations like this, in Taunton Road yesterday.

FRUSTRATED motorists and businesses in Bridgwater are losing patience over a major relief road scheme which is now five years behind schedule.

Somerset County Council revealed this week that work on the long-awaited Colley Lane Southern Access Road - meant to take the strain off Taunton Road by providing a link from the south of Bridgwater to the Colley Lane industrial estate - will not begin until next April and will not be finished until late 2014.

The project has been beset by delays over the past decade.

In 2006, The Mercury reported that work was due to begin the next year and could be finished by 2009.

By 2008, with funding finally secured, we were reporting that the road could be completed by 2011.

The county council's own website was reporting this week that the project would start in November, but yesterday (Monday), the Mercury was told it would not begin until next spring.

Allan Cook, owner of Colley Lane Truck and Bus, said: “There is a lot of congestion at the moment and it will be a huge relief when this road is built. It would benefit everyone in the town and it really needs to be done.”

Kevin Toms, from U Save Motorcycle Tyres, added: “Congestion in Bridgwater has got a lot worse and we need relief roads. Traffic in Bridgwater drives you mental.”

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said: “This road is vital to the town and its economy, and these delays are frustrating beyond belief.”

A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “There was a delay in the issuing of the original planning certificate because of some procedural issues, and another by negotiations over land included in the scheme because of a change in ownership.

“These have meant a delay to construction, which is now expected to begin in April next year, subject to satisfactory completion of the remaining statutory procedures.”

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3:33pm Tue 19 Jun 12

19th hole says...

why is it always a problem when improvements to the town are needed urgently but it is always dragged out
Is it Somerset county council ?who can always find money for projects in Taunton
Our Bridgwater Hospital went through the same problems it was going to be built with a start date of 2009 and completed in2011 needless to say this did not happen [very much the same reasons for our new road it will be needed now
not some time in the future
We have new housing estates going up like mushrooms there will be a giant power station on our door step who makes these decisions to drag out the much needed hospital
the much needed road structure
Lets have a share of the money that is allocated to Taunton

Lastly what large companies will want to invest in Bridgwater when they see things like the above problems
why is it always a problem when improvements to the town are needed urgently but it is always dragged out Is it Somerset county council ?who can always find money for projects in Taunton Our Bridgwater Hospital went through the same problems it was going to be built with a start date of 2009 and completed in2011 needless to say this did not happen [very much the same reasons for our new road it will be needed now not some time in the future We have new housing estates going up like mushrooms there will be a giant power station on our door step who makes these decisions to drag out the much needed hospital the much needed road structure Lets have a share of the money that is allocated to Taunton Lastly what large companies will want to invest in Bridgwater when they see things like the above problems 19th hole
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11:57am Wed 20 Jun 12

LookingForLiars says...

Stockmoor was alway's about profit's from new house's.
The lie's about new road's are just a shallow promise to get the house's built.
Next time have a contract to build the road's FIRST !
Stockmoor was alway's about profit's from new house's. The lie's about new road's are just a shallow promise to get the house's built. Next time have a contract to build the road's FIRST ! LookingForLiars
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5:50pm Wed 20 Jun 12

the voice of common sense says...

It could be that the funds earmarked for the colley lane relief road were diverted to fund the third way in taunton, after all, what taunton wants taunton gets.
It could be that the funds earmarked for the colley lane relief road were diverted to fund the third way in taunton, after all, what taunton wants taunton gets. the voice of common sense
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6:24am Thu 21 Jun 12

mobyman says...

the only releif road in bridgwater is the one out of there
the only releif road in bridgwater is the one out of there mobyman
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