Roadworks on busy A38 in Somerset continue to cause gridlock

Passengers travelling out of Bristol Airport are being urged to leave more time for their journeys - as roadworks continue to cause traffic gridlock. Buses travelling along the A38 to the airport[1] were delayed by up to 20 minutes this week due to work being carried out to replace an ageing electricity cable.

The work, being carried out by energy giant National Grid, began at the start of November and has been causing a daily headache for drivers[2]. Four way traffic lights have been put in place at the Downside Road junction, causing long delays for motorists, with some being stuck in long tailbacks for up to 45 minutes.

The roadworks are due to be completed next month (December). A spokesman for Bristol Airport[3] said: “National Grid is carrying out the work to replace 350 metres of 33kv cable outside on the highway near the airport.

“These works will replace an ageing cable to reduce faults in the area and is unconnected to Bristol Airport. We are in regular contact with National Grid, police and North Somerset Council with the aim of reducing the impact on the surrounding area and ensuring good communication between the parties, local residents and customers.

“We advise customers to allow extra journey time to and from the airport due to the works in progress.” North Somerset[6] Council said it was monitoring traffic flow in the area.

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A council spokesman said: “ The location of the work is challenging due to its proximity to Bristol Airport and the high volumes of traffic[12] in the area. Working closely with North Somerset Council, National Grid continue to monitor and adjust the traffic management as work is progressing in order to improve traffic flow which is also indirectly affecting other communities in the vicinity.

“These works were originally scheduled earlier in the year but were delayed to avoid busy periods at the airport. The works are anticipated to be completed in December 2023, however traffic[13] management will be reducing as the scheme progresses.”


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