Vital drainage work scheduled on A30

Somerset County Council’s Highways team is set to deliver urgent drainage improvements on the A30 Mangle Cave Hill next month.

The team will install 550 metres of new drainage pipes and highways gullies on the A30 between Chard and Crewkerne, north of Roundham between the junction of Liddon Hill and St Rayn Hill. The works will ensure the road is made safer during wet weather.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the work, a full road closure is required and will take eight weeks, starting on Monday 23 January 2023.

Significant excavation must take place on the road and it will be impassable for road users. It is also crucial the works site is safe for operatives. A diversion route will be signposted, using the A356, A303 and A358, and can be found on Travel Somerset’s website.

To minimise disruption, our intention is to mobilise two teams working simultaneously to reduce the duration of the works.

Cllr Mike Rigby, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Transport and Digital, said: “We understand this is a really important route. We know it won’t be easy having access closed for this period of time, but this work has to be carried out to ensure the road drains properly and is safe for road users.

“There is never a good time to do this, but this is the best time available to us on balance and avoids clashing with any major holidays.”