WORKS to build a McDonald's restaurant near Bridgwater will start 'within the coming weeks', McDonald's has confirmed.

The fast-food giant won planning permission in 2018 to build a new restaurant on land near the Dunball Roundabout on A38 Bristol Road, Bridgwater.

The new drive-thru restaurant is just a short drive from junction 23 of the M5 and will contain 46 parking spaces, two disabled spaces, two electric car charging bays and at least two short-term waiting bays. It will also create 'at least 65 jobs.'

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McDonald's said that it aimed to open the restaurant in late 2019 but so far no work to build the new eatery has started.

A spokesperson for McDonald's, said they hope to open the restaurant by the end of the year.

"We are pleased that work on this site will begin within the coming weeks," said a McDonald's spokesperson.

"The restaurant will create at least 65 jobs, and we are excited to be progressing with this opportunity and the significant investment it will bring to the local community.

"We hope to open the restaurant at the end of the year."

Bridgwater currently has one McDonald's restaurant based at the Bridgwater Retail Park on The Clink.