Kelston toll road on course to break even

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.

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Kelston bypass on track to break even

Kelston bypass on course to break even Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

People are coming over the road with beaming faces and I have had letters of support from all over the country.

We are actually on Google Maps now which is brilliant because it means that sat navs are recognising the road now.

But we have managed to hit that 25,000 mark even though the signs for the road on the Gloucestershire side only went up last week, and the signs on the B&NES side haven't gone up yet.

– Mike Watts

Kelston toll road needs more motorists to break even

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:

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Full report on by-pass open between Bath and Bristol

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.

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Bypass between Bath and Bristol opens

Aerial view of bypass built by local businessman

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.

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