Emergency road closure set to last until Friday

People are being advised to plan their travel this week following the ongoing emergency closure of Charlton Road at Keynsham due to last week’s burst main.

The closure of Charlton Road, which links Keynsham and the A37, coincides with planned resurfacing works to the A368 at Chelwood, a national rail strike and an increase in traffic for the Glastonbury Festival.

The burst severely damaged the road surface, caused flooding to properties and left hundreds of households without water in Keynsham, Compton Dando, Saltford, Whitchurch, Corston and Newton St Loe.

The leak has been repaired and further assessments of the road were due to take place today to review the extent of the damage.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has diversion signs for traffic in place and advanced notices positioned along the route to warn road users of the closure. The council anticipates that the road will be completely cleared and reopened by Friday.

Cllr Manda Rigby, B&NES Cabinet member for transport, said: “This emergency road closure may increase the pressure on the local traffic network as it will overlap with a planned two-week road closure of the A368 at Chelwood, which starts today. Unfortunately, these works cannot be rearranged as there is no alternative timeframe in the immediate future and the method being used to resurface the roads requires warmer temperatures. A diversion route using the A39 will be in place throughout.”

Traffic was already expected to be higher than usual over the week with the national rail strike due to take place tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday and more than 200,000 people coming to the Glastonbury Festival which is taking place from Wednesday to Sunday.

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