Junction 25 roadworks improvement scheme [update]
The M5 Junction 25 roadworks improvement scheme has progressed well and the contractors, Alun Griffiths are now are preparing the ground for surfacing, which will happen later in September.
This will enable them to move the traffic at the end of the month to allow them to start replacing the concrete road on the outbound side first.
This mean’s that the Toneway will be CLOSED in both directions overnight for further works with to be carried out from 9pm ‐6am on the 28th, 29th and 30th September (2019).
The park and ride’s opening hours are the same as usual and busses will be running to and from this location. For further information about the park and ride, please visit the Taunton Park & Ride website.
Why are improvements needed?
For vehicles leaving the M5 Southbound there is not enough room on the slip road which can create lengthy queues which back up onto the main carriageway.
At peak times, significant delays occur on the A358 for vehicles coming from the Ilminster direction and an increase in delays leaving Blackbrook Business Park.
This in turn creates unnecessary queues and delays on the Toneway for traffic leaving Taunton and high levels of traffic congestion at peak times with queues frequently extending along the A358 towards Henlade and sometimes back on to the M5.
The junction will need improvement to accommodate the proposed level of growth in Taunton from now to 2028, estimated as an increase of total peak time traffic from the current 5,000 vehicles to 6,500 – 7,000 vehicles.
Once improved, the junction will…
- Manage peak hour traffic congestion better
- Help reduce journey times with improved accessibility to the roundabout.
- Improve access to Taunton and the motorway
- Benefit the economy by supporting the growth of employment and residential development across Taunton, which includes 13,000 new homes and 6,000 jobs
Further information will be available on the Alun Griffiths website
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