Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

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 […]

Pupils rise to the latest active travel challenge

Primary schools across Bridgwater are competing to see who’s the best when it comes to getting to school on foot, bike or scooter.   The Bridgwater Schools Challenge is kicking off the next phase of Somerset County Council’s Bridgwater Way initiative. The three-week inter-school event which started this week will see primary schools taking on […]

Find out more about the Toneway project

A multi-million-pound scheme to improve Taunton’s Toneway Creech Castle Junction is moving on apace following overnight work last week. Road users travelling regularly along the route may have noticed a change in traffic management layout following this activity which has enabled the contractor access to the next area of work. Now there’s an opportunity coming […]

New roads are first milestone in flood recovery

Two of the eight roads destroyed by June’s flash floods in the Chard area have now been fully restored by Somerset County Council Highways teams. Extreme rainfall on June 28 saw unprecedented levels of water cascading through streets in Chard, flooding homes and businesses, while outlying villages were hit by rising watercourse levels which saw […]

Park and ride for free as Toneway Creech Castle upgrade gets underway

Taunton’s park and ride service will be made free of charge as part of a special initiative to encourage use of the park and ride service and, minimise disruption during a major upgrade of the Creech Castle junction. The £8.3m project was deferred last year because of the pandemic, now work is about to begin […]

Keeping it clean so we can live coastal dream

Joint news release by England Coast Path and Somerset County Council Keeping Somerset’s beautiful coastline open for everyone to enjoy during the holidays isn’t just about footpaths and fingerposts. The public have a huge role to play in looking after our trails and beaches, and with significant numbers expected to take ‘staycations’ this year we […]

Have your say on bus services in Somerset

Somerset County Council is to work in partnership with bus operators in the county to deliver improved services for all, and local people have a pivotal role to play.   Following the Government’s announcement in March of the new National Bus Strategy – ‘Bus Back Better’  a £3 billion pot of funding is being made […]

New contract for Taunton park and ride

Somerset County Council is pleased to announce it has awarded a five-year contract to Buses of Somerset to run Taunton’s two park and ride sites. The fleet of buses and drivers at the Taunton-based operation of First Bus will be familiar to passengers as the team has been running the service for a number of […]

Update: Rowbarton traffic signals upgrade

A multi-million improvement scheme to replace 40-year-old traffic signals in Taunton is being extended to include extra works and to tackle a range of complications discovered during construction.   Somerset County Council’s contractor Alun Griffiths began carrying out a major renewal of signals in the Rowbarton area of the town in March to replace equipment […]

Access restored as Highways teams respond to flash flooding damage

Scenes from Whitestaunton – left after crews cleared debris – right before (courtesy of Roger Harris) Access has been restored to a cut-off village and thousands of tonnes of debris has been cleared following Monday’s severe flash flooding in the Chard area.   Somerset County Council’s Highways Teams has been working tirelessly on the ground […]