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A businessman who built a £300,000 toll road to bypass roadworks on Kelston Road is on course to make his money back. 62 year old Mike Watts rented an empty field next to the A431 which connects Bristol and Bath and built a 365m bypass. Mike Watts needs to make £60,000 a month to break even and is almost there.
The man behind the private toll road between Bristol and Bath says he needs more motorists to use it so he can break even.
Mike Watts is spending more than £300,000 on the road across a field while the Highways Agency repairs a nearby A-road that closed after a landslip last winter.
The road opened two weeks ago. And while the take-up has been good, Mr Watts says he needs more cars on it.
Robert Murphy reports:
A businessman who's opened a private toll road between Bristol and Bath says he needs more traffic to use it in order to break even. Mike Watts is spending more than £300,000 on the project while an A road nearby is being repaired. The toll road opened two weeks ago.
New signs are being installed directing motorists to the unofficial toll road at Kelston near Bath after the owner of the land said that not enough people were using the route to cover his costs.
New signs are to be installed to direct people to an unofficial toll road near Bath.
Mike Watts, the businessman behind the scheme, says he has come to an agreement with the council.
He built the Kelston toll road as an alternative to the A431, which will be closed for repairs until Christmas.
A temporary by-pass between Bristol and Bath has opened today at Kelston. It was due to open on Monday. Motorists can pay £2 to travel one way to avoid a lengthy detour between the two cities.
A by-pass has opened this morning built between Bath and Bristol by a local businessman. Mike Watts is charging motorists £2 a time to use the 365-metre diversion round a blockage on the A361, an important commuter route between Bath and Bristol. A section of the road near Kelston has been closed since February, when it started to collapse after heavy rain. Repairs have only just begun and will take till Christmas.
Watch our report with Bob Constantine below:
A by-pass built by a Bath businessman, fed up with lengthy detours caused by the closure of the A361 has opened this morning.
Mike Watts is charging motorists £2 a time to use the 365 meter diversion round the blockage on the commuter route between Bath and Bristol.
A major route into Bath which was blocked because of a landslide should be open again by Christmas.
Thousands of motorists are affected by the road closure at Kelston, but the council appears to be ruling out a makeshift toll road across a field which is being proposed by a local farmer. Ken Goodwin reports..
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A local businessman, with the premission of a farmer, has built a temporary bypass to avoid a 14-mile detour.