Cheddar Gorge to close

Somerset County Council have closed the B3135 through the Cheddar Gorge for this weekend. With the forecast being for mild weather with sunny spells, SCC were concerned about the road being used for joy riders.

Barriers will be in place at the top to the bottom of the Gorge. There will be no access to car parks in the Gorge throughout the closure. The closure order bans all motor traffic, including motorbikes.

The County Council’s highways contractor Skanska will be checking the barriers throughout the weekend to make sure they remain in place. Police officers will also be out patrolling the area.

The closure follows concerns about cars being driven recklessly and at high speed along the route. Police have already stopped a number of drivers in the Gorge and some have clearly driven long distances to reach the Gorge. The community raised concerns about abuse of the lockdown rules and the danger of spreading COVID 19 through irresposible behaviour.

That led the Police and Somerset County Council to close the road from 6pm (Friday 1 May) this evening until 8am on Monday (4 May)

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