EDF Energy to start work on M5 roundabout upgrade
EDF Energy will start work next month on the upgrade of the roundabout above the M5 at Junction 23 as part of more than £20 million of investment into the local infrastructure.
The work is designed to better manage traffic flow and reduce congestion. Works will include the installation of new traffic lights on each of the access and exit routes.
The upgrade will be carried out by the Somerset Infrastructure Alliance, a joint venture between Bridgwater firm R K Bell Group Ltd, Skanska and Bristol-based Forest Traffic Management Limited.
EDF Energy is carrying out the improvements as part of a package of works associated with its Hinkley Point C project, which also includes park and ride and freight management facilities at Junction 23 and Junction 24 alongside the M5 and other park and rides near Williton in West Somerset and Cannington near Bridgwater.
Earlier this month, around 300 spaces were opened at the Junction 23 park and ride, a facility which will eventually cater for more than 1,000 workers who will travel to and from the Hinkley Point C site by bus.
“It’s all part of our commitment to improve traffic flow in and around Bridgwater,” said David Eccles, EDF Energy’s Head of Stakeholder Engagement for Hinkley Point C.
Both the park and ride and the roundabout upgrade at Junction 23 are expected to be completed by spring next year.
Mr Eccles added: “We know there is never a good time to carry out roadworks but we have timed these to make the best use of what is typically a quieter time of year for commuting and holiday traffic.
“While there will be traffic management in place, works have been planned as sensitively as possible in order to avoid delays for motorists but we would like to apologise if these do cause disruption for some drivers.
“Work will be paused during the day of Bridgwater Carnival and we are planning to work 24/7 to ensure the upgrade is finished as soon as possible.”
For more information contact:Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 6 million homes, is under construction at Hinkley Point. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 480,000 customers with over 30% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.