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Traffic misery for motorists in Taunton
Updated 9:49am Wednesday 30th April 2014 in News
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- M5 northbound exit slip road closed at junction 25 after accident.
- Traffic building up and problems also reported elsewhere in Taunton
- Earlier accident on M5 between Taunton and Wellington
JOHN Rudge from Wellington writes: "The traffic between Wellington and Taunton on the A38 is absolutely dreadful today.
"It has taken me 1hr 20mins to travel from my home in Wellington to my office in Taunton (9 miles).
"The Crescent in Taunton has been closed to through traffic today but that fact is not adequately signed so traffic is going along towards the A38 and then having to turn round.
"Traffic is using the right hand lane along the A38 in to Taunton only to find it closed at Parkfield Road and then having to change to the left lane.
"Why could the right hand lane not be closed at Galmington Road?
"As a matter of principle, whilst appreciating that repair works have to be carried, it is a recipe for disaster to funnel all eastbound through traffic through the centre of town with all its obstacles such as other joining roads and traffic lights.
"Could not the repair works be carried out without such massive road closures for such a long period by perhaps partial closures?
"This experience is akin to the traffic jams which occurred before the construction of the M5 and will deter people from coming to Taunton for years to come."
THE County Gazette has also received reports of heavier than normal traffic on some of the main routes into the town, possibly due to drivers seeking an alternative to the M5.
THAT accident has now been cleared but traffic is building up at junction 25 for Taunton, due to an accident which has led to the closure of the northbound exit slip road.
FIRE crews were sent to deal with a three-car pile-up on the M5 between Wellington and Taunton shortly before 8am.
The collision happened between junctions 26 and 25 northbound shortly.
A fire service spokesman said: "No casualties were trapped in the cars. Crews dealt with a fuel leak using Environment Agency packs and made the vehicles safe."
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