Highway grass cutting season is underway

The 2018 roadside grass-cutting season is now underway with contractors in action across Somerset to help keep road users safe.

As the highway authority, Somerset County Council cuts roadside verges to a minimum of one metre in width to preserve visibility at junctions and bends.

This also helps the flow of water along road channels and provides a safe area for pedestrians where there is no pavement.

During all environmental works, the Council seeks to protect wildlife where this does not conflict with safety requirements.

Residents can find out more about the 2018 programme, including maps showing which roads are included and the order of works, at a new webpage – www.travelsomerset.co.uk/grass-cutting.

Grass cutting in South Somerset. Picture by Will Badman Photography

You can also find out about hedge cutting and treatment of noxious and invasive weeds.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Our highways team does so much more than just fixing roads. Our grass cutting programme is extremely important and we work hard to balance the need to keep people safe with our desire to protect and encourage wildlife.

“This new webpage is a great resource for the public as it explains how the programme works and what people can expect from us through the season.”

The new webpage can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/grass-cutting, while you can also stay up to date with the highways team by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.