Traffic chaos in the area near Crewkerne town hall, came to an end after the Wednesday market. A three-way temporary traffic light system was set up on Monday evening, when Western Power Distribution were called in to repair a fault. A spokesperson for WPD said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We were working to locate and repair an underground cable fault.” Although the roadworks were expected to continue up until February 26th, according to Somerset County Council’s roadworks map, engineers from WPD had finished the emergency work and fresh tarmac had been laid down by Wednesday lunchtime.
Crewkerne Town Council took the decision to go ahead with the weekly market, as the roadworks did not affect the siting of the Wednesday market or impede on the safety of pedestrians, customers and traders. Trading at the weekly market, in front of the town hall, has improved since the beginning of this year. Market trade stalwarts Ian Clare who sells fresh fish and Ian Bishop from Leakers Bakery have been joined by Dawn with her tasty selection of Somerset, English and Continental cheeses, a fruit and veg stall and South West GSD Rescue, who raise funds to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home German Shepherds and related cross-breeds.
Motorists were less than happy with the roadworks which caused lengthy tailbacks for traffic coming in and out of the town along North Street and confusion for drivers heading out of the town towards Yeovil, with a one-way traffic system operating along East Street and many failing to notice the road diversion sign in Market Square until it was too late and travelling on regardless, despite the problems they caused for vehicles coming into the town along the main road.