Plea over closed road in Bruton

Drivers are being urged to respect road closure signs while important drainage improvement works take place in Bruton.

The A359 Quaperlake Street was fully closed on Monday (Aug 4) for around four weeks to allow contractors to carry out the work safely.

However, it appears some motorists have been ignoring the signs and moving barriers and equipment so they can drive along the road.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Please be patient while this work takes place and remember that road closure signs are in place for good reason.

“The road is essentially a building site and there could be a number of hazards – from loose cables and hoses to open excavations in the highway.

“As well as being potentially dangerous, anyone ignoring an official closure should also be aware that their insurance may not be valid.”

This upgrade to drainage in the town will help to prevent future flooding.

Cllr Siggs added: “Obviously it is regrettable that the road had to close, but the street is very narrow and it is not possible to safely use traffic lights. Please bear with us and be assured we will be working hard to complete the work as quickly as possible.”

Diversions are in place while the road is closed, and the County Council has worked closely with the town council to keep residents informed.