Vital flood prevention work ahead of schedule

Work by Somerset County Council Highways to reduce hazardous flooding on a key route between West Somerset and Taunton is moving onto the next phase earlier than expected.  

With the scheme running ahead of schedule there’s an important change to closure arrangements put in place this week on the A39 at Carhampton Cross to carry out the crucial flood prevention work.  

The day-time 9.30am to 3.30pm closure on the A39 now finishes after Monday 18 October. The rest of the work will be carried out during a night-time closure from 6.30pm to 11.30pm week days only from Tuesday 19 October and is expected to be completed by Thursday 28 October. There will be no access to the B3191 Blue Anchor Bay Road during these times.  
Excessive water – particularly during the winter months – regularly poses a danger to road users and makes the road impassable, as well as causing flooding to people’s homes and the B3191 Eastbury Road.  

Somerset County Council is delivering a £350,000 drainage and resurfacing scheme, funded by the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) to help prevent flooding incidents. Work started on 11 October, and includes significant drainage structure upgrades to manage water volumes.  

The new schedule from 19 October will mean day-time bus services between Minehead and Taunton, which had been affected by the closure will now be operating during 9.30am to 3.30pm.  

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “We’re really grateful to local people and road users for their patience during these works. “We know it’s meant a change to some bus services and some disruption, but the team is making excellent progress and we’re pleased to see they’re ahead of schedule on delivering these vital works.”  

Recap on the key points:   
The drainage improvements are taking place on the A39, B3191 Eastbury Road, Hill Lane and Orchard Road in Carhampton.  

Work started on Monday, 11 October on the A39 during a day-time closure from 9.30am to 3.30pm. This phase finishes after 3.30pm on Monday 18 October. From Tuesday 19 October the road will be closed from 6.30pm to 11.30pm to carry out resurfacing.

Further drainage works will continue during the day under temporary lights with the road remaining open. Work is expected to be complete by 28 October. There will also be no access to the B3191 Blue Anchor Road between 6.30pm and 11.30pm from 19-28 October, except for emergency vehicles.

Hill Lane drainage works started on 11 October and are set to last five weeks. This remains a 24-hour closure with no access except for residents. 

Eastbury Road B3191 drainage work commences once the A39 is complete, under a daytime 8am- 4pm closure for approximately two weeks.  The route will be open outside these hours under temporary lights. 

Deliveries and access for people and businesses in Carhampton will be accommodated throughout the works by liaison with operational staff on site. Access for cyclists and pedestrians will also be maintained.    During the road closures a diversion route will be clearly signposted on site or can be found at

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