£2.2m for small road improvement schemes

A £2.2m transport plan to improve highways and road safety in the county has been approved by Somerset County Council.

More than 80 new projects have been put forward as part of the County Council’s annual Small Improvement Schemes (SiS) programme.

These include pedestrian crossings, cycle paths, reductions in speed limits, footpath improvements and traffic calming.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, said: “We are committed to improving and developing the road network in Somerset but face many challenges with our highways budget under increasing pressure.

“The SiS programme has been a tremendous success in recent years and proves that relatively small schemes driven by local knowledge can make a big difference.

“Our engineers will now examine the latest list of submissions to assess for their feasibility, before working closely with local communities to draw up detailed individual plans.”

Many of the projects are put forward by County Councillors who have been made aware of a need for road improvements in their local area by their constituents and community representatives.

All schemes are subject to design, scheduling and budget availability and may not be implemented if they don’t meet these conditions.

List of district schemes, which county councillors and officers have put forward for consideration to receive funding, and which will now be moving into the detailed feasibility and design stage:

Mendip

  • Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within Mendip
  • B3090 Oldford – traffic calming
  • Old Down to Chilcompton – speed review and improved pedestrian facilities
  • Coleford – traffic calming
  • Glastonbury Town Centre – improved coach signing
  • Bove Town, Glastonbury – review of parking area
  • Oakhill, Shepton Mallet – improved pedestrian crossing facilities & traffic calming
  • Town centre (Market Place and Town Lane) Shepton Mallet – contributiontowards pavement improvements
  • Church Lane, Cannards Grave, Shepton Mallet – improved traffic management measures
  • Whitley Road nr Walton – traffic management measures
  • New Street, Wells – Pedestrian and traffic management measures
  • Milton Lane, Wells – improved pedestrian facilities
  • Westbury sub Mendip – additional footways and pedestrian facilities
  • A36 and A366, Norton St Philip – weight restriction signing

Sedgemoor

  • Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within Sedgemoor
  • Whitfield Road, Bower Estate, Bridgwater – improved dropped crossing points
  • Walnut Drive, Bridgwater – footway improvements
  • Wembdon Rd, Bridgwater – upgrade of existing signalised crossing
  • Junction of Eastern Avenue & Wilkins Road, Bridgwater – New bus shelter and low floor bus kerb
  • Stoddens Road, Burnham-on-Sea – traffic calming
  • Brean Road/Rectory Way, Lympsham – junction layout  improvements
  • A370 Ferry Lane, Lympsham – bus stop improvements
  • Lime Street / Mill Lane, Nether Stowey – improved pedestrian facilities
  • Othery (near school) – speed & traffic management review
  • B3139 Theale to Wedmore – speed review

 South Somerset

  • Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within South Somerset
  • A372 – Ridley Hill, Aller – improved pedestrian facilities
  • Thorndun Park Drive, Chard – improved pedestrian facilities
  • B3145 Charlton Horethorne Primary School – speed review
  • Stoopers Hill, Combe St Nicholas – junction layout improvements
  • Junction of Middle Path with Lyme Road, Crewkerne – pedestrian safety improvements
  • A378 Fivehead – speed review
  • Crossroads at Five Dials, Pound Road, Horton – speed & traffic management review
  • B3151 Church St, Northover to Fosse Way & Taranto Hill, Ilchester – speed & traffic management review
  • Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School – traffic calming and speed review
  • Christians Cross/Kingweston Road, Charlton Mackrell – junction layout  improvements
  • Water Street/Stoke Road Martock – mini roundabout and local signing improvements
  • Various locations in Merriott – improved dropped crossing points
  • A356 Misterton – bus stop improvements
  • Cary Road, North Cadbury – safety and parking review
  • B3145, Shepherds Cross – speed & traffic management review
  • Old Road, Odcombe including the junction with Camp Road – traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements
  • A359 Bruton School to Pitcombe Rock, Pitcombe – footway extension
  • Main Road, Shepton Montague – speed & traffic management review
  • Ashen Cross to West Street and junction of Lower Somerton B3151 – speed and junction layout review
  • Behind Berry, Somerton – pedestrian safety improvements
  • A356 Between A303 and Crewkerne – road safety route review
  • A358 and B3167 Tatworth – speed & traffic management review
  • B3153 between Clanville, Alford and Lovington – speed reduction measures and pedestrian safety improvements
  • Wincanton – upgrade to public transport facilities to include improved shelter, lighting and information
  • Ilchester Road, Yeovil – footway extension
  • Lyde Road, Yeovil – pedestrian safety improvements
  • Sedgemoor Close/Monmouth Road, Yeovil – traffic management measures
  • Freedom Avenue, Yeovil – traffic calming
  • Preston Grove, Yeovil – traffic calming

Taunton Deane

  • Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within Taunton Deane
  • St Augustine Street/Priory Avenue junction, Taunton – removal of traffic signals
  • A38 Billetfield junction with The Mount and Mary St – review of  current right turn manoeuvres
  • Greenway Road, Taunton – upgrade of puffin to toucan crossing
  • A38 Park Street/Compass Hill/Wellington Road junction, Taunton – improved pedestrian crossing facilities
  • St James Street, Taunton – review of current shared space layout
  • Bridge Street, Taunton – cycle lane
  • Kingston Road junction with Station Road, Taunton – safety scheme
  • Park Street/The Crescent/Corporation Street, Taunton –  safety scheme
  • A3259, Monkton Heathfield – improved pedestrian crossing facilities
  • South Road, Taunton – pedestrian/cycle safety improvements
  • Trull and Staplehay – improved and additional dropped crossing points
  • Galmington Drive near junction with Claremont Drive, Taunton – improved bus stop facilities
  • Holway Road and Holway Avenue, Taunton – pedestrian/cycle safety improvements
  • Obridge Road, Taunton – cycle and pedestrian improvements
  • A378 near The Old Post Office, Wrantage – improved pedestrian facilities
  • Oake – traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements
  • Mantle Street, Wellington – traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements
  • Bagley Road, Rockwell Green, Wellington – speed & traffic management review
  • North Street, Wiveliscombe – pedestrian safety improvements

West Somerset

  • Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within West Somerset
  • Brompton Regis – measures to reduce the impact of Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • B3222, Brushford – speed & traffic management review
  • West Street, Dunster – improved pedestrian facilities
  • A39 Dunster Steep and Ellicombe Roundabout – widening of existing footway/cycleway
  • A39, Kilve – speed & traffic management review
  • Glenmore Road, Minehead – pedestrian safety improvements
  • Church Street, Minehead – upgrade footpath and steps
  • Willow Grove, Washford – bus stop improvements