Advance notice of Taunton traffic interviews

Motorists are being asked to be patient next month when roadside interviews take place in Taunton to help support bids for key traffic improvements.

Somerset County Council is promoting improvement schemes at M5 Junction 25 and the Toneway Corridor between Junction 25 and Obridge Roundabout through the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Local Transport Board.

These schemes would be key to easing long-term congestion and easing traffic flow in Taunton, but the bids cannot be made without gathering certain information from motorists.

Road side interviews will be taking place in Taunton over two to three days during October. Road users may experience some delays during the interviews, which will include questions such as where people have come from, where they’re travelling to and the purpose of their journey.

“I’m sure everyone who drives in Taunton would want us to be looking long-term,” said Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Harvey Siggs. “Without the important data our officers will gather during these road side interviews, funding bids for these essential transport improvements would not be possible and we would see no improvement to congestion in these areas.”

“We appreciate there may be some delays during the interviews, but I would ask all road users to co-operate fully to help us in our efforts to fund long-term solutions.”

There will also be data collection at key junctions, counting turns and performing automated traffic counts, however these will not cause any disruption to traffic in the town.