Frustrated man builds own toll road

4 August 2014

toll bridge Let us welcome Mike Watts, a businessman who has been so annoyed by roadworks that he's built his own toll road.

That's right - the roadworks had been on Kelston Road since February and the road won't be fixed until the end of 2014. Watts isn't having it and used rolled chippings to create a back road so drivers can dodge the hold-up on the section of the A431 between Bath and Bristol.

If you want to use it, it'll cost you £2 and it'll be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Talking to the Western Daily Press, Mike said: "There will be some people who will be reluctant to pay the money but it is an option for people if they feel it will save them money in terms of the fuel costs and time."

"If people don't want to use the road then don't. The drive behind it is to get Bath and Bristol back on track because the impact is more far reaching than just the residents of Kelston."

Of course, local officials aren't happy and say that the road doesn't have planning permission or safety certificates. More pertinently, they'll be annoyed that they didn't think of it first.

A council spokesman said: "It's not just the planning, it's the legal aspect of drivers using the road, and also safety. We appreciate the difficulties that local residents have experienced since the emergency closure and work has started to deliver a permanent solution as quickly as possible, but will not encourage proposals that have not been proven to be safe or compliant with statutory requirements."

"The council has no details to confirm the toll road design meets safety standards and no evidence that insurances are in place for any member of the public who uses the private toll road."

"The temporary toll road access is likely to generate a need for more traffic management on site, prolong the construction period and increase the cost of the repairs."

The Mirror have photos of the rogue road, if you're at all interested in seeing how happy Mike Watts looks with his toll.

TOPICS:   Motoring

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