Small highways schemes make a big difference to local communities

New pedestrian crossings, off-road cycle links and schemes to reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety are just some of the highways projects completed by Somerset County Council since April.

The Small Improvement Schemes (SiS) programme was established to improve roads and road safety across the county in response to concerns raised by local communities and put forward by County Councillors.

The schemes completed so far this year include:

  • Draycott – new zebra crossing and associated traffic calming
  • Nerrols, Taunton – new off-road cycle link
  • A371 Wincanton to Rodney Stoke – speed limit review and safety improvements
  • Main Road, Shepton Montague – village gateway enhancement
  • Wembdon Road, Bridgwater – pedestrian crossing upgrade

Before: the old crossing on Wembdon Road


After: The upgraded pelican crossing on Wembdon Road

  • Greenway, Monkton Heathfield – minor traffic calming
  • Brean Road/Rectory Way, Lympsham – junction improvements
  • Misterton – new zebra crossing near the school

Before: Outside the primary school in Misterton before the improvements


After: Outside the school in Misterton after the completion of the new crossing


  • Holway Road/ Holway Avenue, Taunton – new zebra crossing and advisory 20mph signs
  • B3222 Brushford – village gateway enhancement and traffic calming

After: The new improved gateway to Brushford

  • Stoopers Hill, Combe St Nicholas – junction improvements.

Work is also underway on a number of other schemes. These include:

  • Church Street, Minehead – pedestrian safety improvements, footpath and steps
  • A38 Adsborough – second phase of pedestrian refuge and bus stop accessibility improvements
  • Wills Road, Bridgwater – traffic calming and pedestrian crossing improvements
  • Westover Green, Bridgwater – traffic management improvements in vicinity of school
  • Crossroads at Five Dials – speed review and traffic calming
  • Middleway ,Taunton – bus stop improvements, including new shelters
  • Taunton South – dropped crossings near Bacon Drive
  • Gurney Slade – new puffin crossing
  • A39 Kilve – village gateway enhancement
  • Rode Hill – safety improvements

And it is hoped to start work shortly on several other schemes, including:

  • Longforth Road, Wellington – review of phasing of traffic lights
  • A359 Wanstrow – speed limit review and village gateway enhancement
  • Ashen Cross to West Street, Somerton – traffic management scheme
  • Kingsbury Episcopi – road safety improvements
  • Ilchester – traffic calming and pedestrian crossing improvements
  • Bove Town, Glastonbury – revisions to parking arrangements

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways, said: “We work very closely with our communities to develop practical solutions to their problems – whether that’s speeding traffic or difficulties in crossing the road.

“Already this year we’ve helped children get to school safely, improved cycle links and done a great deal to make our roads safer.

“Each one of these schemes represents a huge amount of work from initial request to delivery and it’s fantastic to see just how many we’ve been able to complete this year – with more to follow.”

You can find out more about the SiS programme and how to tackle traffic issues in your community at