Major road building scheme enters next phase

Work on the next phase of a major road building project in Taunton is due to start later this month.

The Northern Inner Distributor Road (NIDR) is a multi-million pound project commissioned by Somerset County Council to provide a link from Priory Avenue to Staplegrove Road, easing congestion in the town centre and on Priorswood Road.

The next phase begins on Monday 27 April and will see the new road connected to Staplegrove Road via the new roundabout near Chip Lane.

To carry out the work safely and with the minimum of disruption, it will be necessary to close the road to traffic for around five weeks. Vehicles will not be able to travel north beyond Richmond Road or south beyond Chip Lane, although access will be maintained at all times to all properties.

While the road is closed, a nearby wall will also be repaired by a private landowner to avoid further disruption in the future.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “We appreciate this latest phase of work will cause some disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience. However, the connection of the new road is a significant milestone, so please bear with us and be assured we will be doing everything we can to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum.”