Press release

Highways England completes M5 flooding scheme near Bristol

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Highways England will complete vital work next week to alleviate flooding problems on the M5 near Bristol.

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In recent years, regular flooding has created issues for motorists on a three-mile section of the M5 at Falfield due to drainage deterioration.

But following a 6 month programme of works, narrow lanes are being removed on both northbound and southbound carriageways, signalling the completion of the flooding scheme.

Dave Frampton, project manager for Highways England, said:

This section of the M5 near Falfield suffered from flooding to both the hard shoulder and lane one during periods of heavy rain.

The pipework has now been upgraded, which will improve flood resilience and in turn the safety of road users on this stretch of our network.

To facilitate the removal of the narrow lanes and resurfacing work, both southbound and northbound carriageways will face full overnight closures from 8pm to 6am in the coming week.

The full southbound carriageway from junction 13 to junction 15 will be closed overnight on Saturday, 9 April, junction 16 to 13 northbound will be closed on Sunday, 10 April, junction 14 to 13 on Tuesday, 12 April and junction 16 to 14 on Wednesday, 13 April.

During the overnight closures, clearly signed diversion routes will be in place, utilising the A38.

And Mr Frampton added:

We understand the work may cause some inconvenience and disruption but we are making every effort to ensure the impact of our work is kept to a minimum.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 6 April 2016