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Hinkley bypass to help nearby town stay traffic free

It's hoped the road will alleviate traffic during construction of the new Hinkley Point C power station Credit: ITV News

A new bypass to route traffic around the village of Cannington near Hinkley Point is opening today. It's hoped the road will alleviate traffic during construction of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

The improvement is part of a £16 million package of road improvements paid for by EDF Energy. However its estimated that 80% of the aggregate material needed for the Hinkley Point C project will come by sea.

An artist's impression of the how the new Hinkley Point C station will look Credit: PA

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C site construction director, thanked local residents for their understanding during the road's construction:

"We have worked closely with local councils, organisations and residents to draw up a series of road improvements across the area. We listened carefully to the particular concerns of Cannington residents and came up with a scheme to take traffic away from the centre of the village.

Our construction workers will use dedicated local bus services and park and rides to get to work, while deliveries of materials and equipment will also be managed carefully. However, it is important to consult with local people and invest in projects like the Cannington bypass before we start the main construction."

– Nigel Cann, Construction Director