ECHO COMMENT: No need for this 50mph M5 chaos
MANY are the times we have criticised the utility companies for not working together.
Thoughtless planning can lead to roads being dug up by one service just weeks after they have been dug up by another.
But at least they have the excuse of being separate companies who may find it difficult to communicate with each other.
Not so with the work that is going on at present on the M5. Three separate sections of roadworks are slowing traffic down to 50mph and every one is the responsibility of the Highways Agency.
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In a stretch of covering around 30 miles of one of the busiest sections of motorway in the South West, journeys are being disrupted time and time again.
And this is all happening at the same time as the never-ending improvements being made to the M4 near Bristol.
Most of the work on the M5 is to replace central reservation barriers and repair bridges. It is work that we understand has to be done.
But is it really necessary to do such similar work in different parts of the motorway at the same time?
It’s no surprise to read that motorists we have spoken to are complaining that work never seems to be going on.
That is the inevitable impression that is going to be given when such large sections of motorway can’t be used normally.
We’re told the restrictions will be lifted over the Easter holidays, which is some sort of relief. Until you realise that is still another eight weeks away.
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Many of our readers will thankfully never have had the need to use the word.
But it is absolutely right that Gloucestershire police are highlighting the long-term impact that getting involved in sending messages of a sexual nature by text or on social media can have.
And it is absolutely right that they are highlighting them to children.
We may wish we could protect them from the subject but it is this very age group that are most likely to get involved. There is a real need to protect them.