Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

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 […]

Roads damaged by flash flooding in Chard

Somerset County Council is thanking everyone who pulled together after torrential rain hit the Chard area on Monday night.   Flash flooding caused by extreme weather saw the emergency services and council teams – backed by community volunteers – on the scene throughout the night. Fire crews rescued two people from a car in floodwater […]

Diversion reminder as signal recovery works step up a gear  

Somerset County Council is reminding road users that a diversion will be in place in Taunton’s Rowbarton area later this week as work to replace traffic signals continues.   From this Wednesday 30 June for approximately eight weeks, drivers won’t be able to turn right from Kingston Road (South) to the A358, St Andrews Road. […]

Toneway Creech Castle junction upgrade

A crucial upgrade of the Creech Castle Junction in Taunton now moving forward and Somerset County Council is reminding residents and road users of the key details.   The Council signed a contract with Alun Griffiths on Friday to deliver the £8.3m scheme with work commencing on August 9. The same contractor is currently delivering […]

Helping people in Bridgwater find their way on bike and foot

Did you know that regular cyclists can be as fit as the average person 10 years younger? A new campaign launched by Somerset County Council’s Bridgwater Way initiative aims to encourage people to take up cycling or walking more regularly and enjoy the health benefits – both mentally and physically. Getting out and about by […]

Have your say on proposed A38 improvements

Joint news release by Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council: Proposals to make improvements to one of Somerset’s key roads which links the M5 through the county are being shared with the public. Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council are working in partnership on a number of proposed schemes on the A38 between […]