Bus users in Somerset can now travel on most routes in the county and beyond for just £2 until July. The major fare cut is part of a national initiative funded by the Government aimed at boosting bus use while helping passengers to save money. It was introduced in January and was originally due to […]

Evening bus services on some key routes in Somerset begin running from next week (30 January 2023). Somerset County Council is subsidising evening services from Monday to Saturday connecting Taunton with the towns of Minehead, Bridgwater, Wellington and Chard after 8pm and running to at least 10.30pm. Currently most of the services stop between 8-8.30pm. […]

The ‘My Time to Care’ campaign was shot entirely in Somerset and stars local carers in six new videos being launched today (Monday, January 16). Somerset County Council has joined forces with the NHS and Registered Care Providers Association for the new campaign, which aims to empower carers, and show how working in social care […]

Somerset Council’s highways team is carrying out essential drainage works on a flood-prone road connecting villages on the outskirts of Taunton from next week (3 April). Halse Road at Ash Priors, close to Bishops Lydeard, regularly suffers from surface water flooding which runs off from a nearby common. The water freezes in cold weather and […]

Major surface repairs are to be carried out on Galmington Road in Taunton by Somerset Council’s highways team during the Easter holidays. Inspections by the team identified the road was in a poor condition and in need of full-width carriageway patching with some deeper excavation needed where the road is significantly damaged. There will need […]

Ten Somerset start-up businesses will be able to benefit from a fully-funded Launch Pad programme provided by the new unitary Somerset Council. The programme includes workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring, tailored to businesses’ individual needs, and delivered by professionals, entrepreneurs and experts from industry. Councillor Val Keitch, Somerset County Council’s Executive Lead Member with responsibility […]

Somerset County Council has launched a survey to capture the views of young people across the county on the future of transport. The survey was complied with the help of the Somerset Youth Parliament and their deputies who belong to the UK-wide group representing the voices of young people. The survey is on Somerset’s Commonplace […]

Ambitious plans to transform education and drive improvements in Somerset schools have been unveiled. Somerset County Council’s new five-year education strategy was shared with professionals from across schools, local authorities, Ofsted and the Department for Education at the Somerset Education for Life event, held at Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton yesterday (21 March) The […]

Over 350 national, regional, local, and multicultural news publications are taking part in a press partnership to promote the importance of looking after mental health.  The campaign encourages people to maintain their mental wellbeing with the help of a wide range of free, easy to access mental health resources and helpline services. Developed by policy, […]

Child Protection professionals in Somerset unite today on 18 March for Stop Child Exploitation Day 2023, joining the national #HelpingHands campaign to #EndCSEin23. Professionals across the county have shared their pledges to end child exploitation in the following video, which has been shared on social media. SOMERSET SAYS NO TO CHILD EXPLOITATION – YouTube Stop […]

Somerset County Council is carrying out essential highway drainage improvements along the A358 Williton Road, at Yarde Farm in Combe Florey from next week (Monday 20 March). The scheme will see upgrades of drainage grips along the eastern verge of the A358 to allow surface water to better drain off the road surface and help […]

Somerset County Council is backing a major new campaign aimed at younger drivers to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive speed on rural roads.  The Department for Transport launched its Think! campaign earlier this month on video and radio and the Council is set to roll out its own radio version of the campaign […]

Many Somerset residents who provide unpaid care do not access the support available to them. This could be because they do not see themselves as carers because they are simply supporting a relative, friend or neighbour who needs them to due to disability or illness.  Somerset County Council has recently launched a three-month pilot project […]