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Vital Work to Connect Flagship Business Campus to County’s Road Network.

Friday 29th January, 2021

A major development set to bring thousands of jobs and huge investment to the heart of Somerset has reached an important milestone.

Work is progressing apace on one of the UK’s largest commercial smart campuses – Gravity at Bridgwater’s M5, Junction 23, and next month the focus shifts to connecting the low-carbon 635-acre site to the A39 and main road network.

This is the next important milestone in this major scheme, expected to bring 4,000 jobs to the county. 

This crucial work will require the closure of the A39 from Hillside to Hall Road on Puriton Hill while this next stage is carried out. The closure will commence on Monday 8 February and will last until Sunday 21 February. The road will be closed to all traffic at all times between these dates except for residents. A diversion will be in place for motorists accessing or leaving Junction 23 from and to the Street direction.

We fully understand this work will cause disruption and we’ll do everything in our power to carry this out as quickly as possible and push this exciting project towards its completion.

We’ve worked closely with our fantastic local partners, including Somerset County Council, Puriton, Woolvington and Bawdrip Parish Councils, Sedgemoor District Council and Bridgwater Chamber of Trade, to make sure they’re fully up-to-date with the project.

Gravity will be a huge boost to the economy of Bridgwater and Somerset and the whole of the South West – it’s a fantastic state-of-the art low-carbon business campus which will really put us on the map in terms of attracting new and established businesses to the County,” said Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development.

We appreciate there will be some short-term disruption while the A39 is closed for both residents and motorists heading to and from the M5, but the long term gain for the county is immense.”

Paul Lowndes, Gravity Programme Director

Residents should please liaise with on-site staff with regard to access.

During the road closure a suggested diversion route will be clearly signposted on site or can be found at www.thisisgravity.co.uk/community-link-road and there’s an interactive map on Roadworks – Travel SomersetShare on email Share on twitter Share on facebook Share on linkedin

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