Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

A358 closure needed for vital repairs

Emergency repairs need to be carried out on a damaged embankment next to one of Somerset’s key roads which is posing a hazard to road users. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team needs to correct some severe erosion to the embankment running alongside the A358 near Combe Florey. In order to carry this out, the road […]

Temporary schemes come to an end

Following the latest lockdown and closure of non-essential retail, schemes introduced to support social distancing and the reopening of high streets in two Somerset towns are to end. Temporary schemes introduced last summer in Yeovil and Bridgwater, featuring a pedestrianised zone and one-way system respectively, were funded by Government and overseen by Somerset’s Active Travel […]

New road is a key milestone for Junction 25

A multi-million project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 has taken a big step forward with the opening of an important new link road serving the town and motorway. The Nexus link road is the next key stage in the £19.2m improvement of Junction 25, which when finished next summer will deliver significantly increased capacity.  […]

Frantic festive period for gritters

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams covered more than 20,000km and spent over 970 hours on the county’s road over the festive period keeping key routes clear for key workers.   The team of 54 drivers and nine supervisors from the Council’s contractor Skanska were kept busy throughout the holiday season as freezing temperatures gripped the […]

New digital front door for outdoor service

  Somerset County Council’s Outdoor Centres (SSE Outdoors) provide memorable experiences to thousands of young people every year. Now, thanks to an engaging new website booking them is just a click away. Over 14,000 young people visit the four centres each year and even throughout the Covid-19 crisis Support Services for Education (SSE) Outdoors has […]

Junction 25: New road layout for A358

Motorists heading towards Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 will be using a new road layout from next week marking a big step forward in a major project to improve the junction. The £19m scheme to upgrade Junction 25 and increase capacity is progressing well and is due to complete in the summer. The scheme includes an […]

Important gas main works underway

A key road in Wells is closed to traffic for a number weeks to carry out vital repairs to ensure a continuous gas supply to area. Wales and West will be undertaking the major works around the Strawberry Way roundabout and junction with Priory road to renew the gas mains. Works will include traffic lights […]

Urgent road closure needed in Wells

Action is being taken to remove diseased ash trees posing a hazard near a key road in Wells next week. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is working with local landowners to remove a significant number of trees lining the A39 at Bristol Hill, which are infected with Ash Dieback. The road will need to be […]

Cattle grid problems ironed out

A key piece of work to fix a hazardous issue affecting motorists in West Somerset has been completed by Somerset County Council’s Highways Team. Hill Road on North Hill near Minehead is on a step gradient and can challenge drivers at the best of times. And to add to this an old cattle grid was […]

Active Travel schemes update

Measures to support social distancing and the reopening of high streets in towns across Somerset will remain in place throughout the rest of December and will be reviewed again in the New Year. The temporary schemes introduced in June include pedestrianised zones and one-way systems and were initially funded by the Government and overseen by […]