Crewkerne diversions "ridiculous" as town traffic hits standstill

Crewkerne diversions

Crewkerne diversions "ridiculous" as town traffic hits standstill

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TRADERS and rush-hour commuters say traffic in Crewkerne is "ridiculous" this morning (September 5).

One businesswoman say diversions which have been put in place for St Bartholomew's Street Fair are causing havoc.

She added: "People coming from Chard can only turn left when they reach Market Square so everyone is driving around the roundabout and back on themselves.

"You can't turn right back towards Chard by Market Street so drivers are muscling their way along South Street - it is ridiculous."

The diversions are in place until Saturday night but some drivers are reporting a 40-minute delay to get into work or drop their children off at school.

How have the diversions affected you? You can vent your frustrations by commenting below.

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11:55pm Fri 5 Sep 14

orchardman says...

Traditional as these fairs are, surely the time has come to relocate them to a quieter location, particularly where a major trunk road is involved as in this case, and no suitable diversion available. It's not only a great inconvenience to the local populace, but also to travellers who are not familiar with the area (not that local knowledge is any advantage), and to the numerous hgv's that use the A30. Crewkerne is not the easiest of towns to navigate at the best of times, especially during the school run. I have to admit I'm not familiar with the history of this particular function, but it has no doubt moved on a long way from it's origins and would appear to be mainly a fair located in the street with the intention of extracting as much cash as possible from the pockets of the local populace.
Traditional as these fairs are, surely the time has come to relocate them to a quieter location, particularly where a major trunk road is involved as in this case, and no suitable diversion available. It's not only a great inconvenience to the local populace, but also to travellers who are not familiar with the area (not that local knowledge is any advantage), and to the numerous hgv's that use the A30. Crewkerne is not the easiest of towns to navigate at the best of times, especially during the school run. I have to admit I'm not familiar with the history of this particular function, but it has no doubt moved on a long way from it's origins and would appear to be mainly a fair located in the street with the intention of extracting as much cash as possible from the pockets of the local populace. orchardman
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