Cheddar Gorge to close again

After the successful closure of Cheddar Gorge last weekend The Police and Somerset County Council will do it again. With a bank holiday weekend and fine weather forecast, they are anxious to deter joy riders. Not least because once the ban was lifted on Monday 4th May there were reports of more joy riding. Police believe people were coming from up to 100 miles away to speed along the B3135.

The closures have been welcomed by the local community in Cheddar.

With that in mind the Police and SCC have agreed the road should close from 6pm today, Thursday 7 May, until 8am on Monday 11 May.

Barriers will be in place on the B3135 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.

Superintendent Mike Prior of Avo & Somerset Police told us “We are glad the closure last weekend was warmly supported by the local community who we are determined to keep safe during this public emergency. Thankfully the number of visitors travelling to the Gorge dropped dramatically when the road was closed and no enforcement action was required. We’d like to thank everyone for adhering to the advice and staying at home.”

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