Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Council steps in to save crucial bus services

Somerset County Council is funding vital replacement services on two key routes in the county due to be withdrawn by the operator. First West of England announced in the summer it was discontinuing the 126 service from Wells to Weston-super-Mare and evening services on Monday to Friday on the D2 between Bath and Frome from […]

Resurfacing and drainage work for Taunton’s busy A38 Wellington Road

Somerset County Council is carrying out significant repairs to one of Taunton’s major thoroughfares next month. The Council’s Highways Team has identified the need for resurfacing and drainage works on the A38 Wellington Road, including Compass Hill. There will be two programmes of work – first from 3 October to 7 October, the team will […]

Local Proclamation in Taunton

Union flags are being flown at half-mast across the county to mark the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The National Proclamation, the official announcement of Her Majesty’s death and acknowledgement of the commencement of the King’s new reign, will take place at 11am on Saturday 10 September at St James Palace. The Local […]

Statements from Somerset County Council and the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset

Chair of Somerset County Council, Cllr Mike Best, said: “On behalf of our residents, Somerset County Council offers deepest sympathies to the Royal family on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.   “Details on books of condolence, church services, floral tributes and funeral arrangements will follow in due course.”  Annie Maw, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, said: […]

Discounted fare set to be introduced on Park and Ride

A new £1 bus fare becomes effective on Taunton’s Park and Ride service from the beginning of September to coincide with the expected reopening of the Toneway junction. The service will cost just £1 for a single and £2 for a return from Monday 5 September in line with a new fare structure to be […]

Council steps in to save crucial bus service

Somerset County Council has provided a lifeline for bus users in Frome by stepping in to run an under-threat bus route with its own fleet. The number 30 bus service which connects communities around Frome was set to end on Saturday (20 August) when the current commercial operator confirmed it could no longer operate the […]

Vital safety features to be improved on cliff-top road

Work to update safety measures on a spectacular coastal road near Watchet begins next month with the installation of new safety gates and advanced signage. The scheme on the B3191 Cleeve Hill Road is based on flood gates installed on the Somerset Levels, and will prevent access either side of the narrowest section of the […]

New £1 fare for Taunton and more evening buses in Somerset

Bus users will soon be able to travel anywhere in the Taunton area for just £1 The new fare structure is part of an £11.9 million package of measures being introduced by Somerset County Council as part of Somerset’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and includes proposals for new evening and weekend services on some routes.Earlier […]

Bus it – you know it makes sense

As fuel prices spiral during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis Somerset County Council and Somerset Bus Partnership are joining forces to encourage people to ‘BUS IT’. The campaign aims to highlight that with households under financial pressure buses have never been more relevant, offering a cheaper travel alternative and the chance to save on fuel and […]

Major step forward for M5 Junction 26 improvements 

A £5.7million scheme to upgrade Junction 26 of the M5 along with a connecting link road has moved closer following the appointment of a contractor. The scheme will see the ageing concrete surface of Junction 26 near Wellington and the A38 link road to Chelston completely renewed.The original concrete surface, constructed in 1974, is showing […]