Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Government confirms Walton/Ashcott bypass proposal will not go ahead

Somerset County Council has received confirmation that a funding bid for a major road improvement has been unsuccessful. Lead Member for Transport and Digital Cllr Mike Rigby has said the Council will continue to seek Government funding to look at alternative ways to address some of the issues affecting the villages of Walton and Ashcott […]

A361 set for urgent drainage and repair work

Essential drainage and repair works are being undertaken next month on the A361 between Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet. The scheme near Havyatt, just outside Glastonbury, will include repairs to the existing drainage system and installation of some additional gullies, raised kerbs and patching to prevent flooding to property. Work commences 13 February and is expected […]

A361 reopens after clear-up operation as flood is reduced

The A361 across the Somerset Levels has now reopened after a successful clear-up operation following recent flooding. A significant stretch of the road had been flooded since last week with emergency road closure gates at Burrowbridge and East Lyng locked shut to keep people safe. This afternoon (24 Jan) the gates have been reopened and […]

Evening bus services get underway

Evening bus services on some key routes in Somerset begin running from next week (30 January 2023). Somerset County Council is subsidising evening services from Monday to Saturday connecting Taunton with the towns of Minehead, Bridgwater, Wellington and Chard after 8pm and running to at least 10.30pm. Currently most of the services stop between 8-8.30pm. […]

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A361 reopened by Council after successful pumping operation by Environment Agency

Released on behalf of Environment Agency and Somerset County Council The A361 across the Somerset Levels has been reopened this evening (11 January) following effective action by the Environment Agency (EA) to reduce water levels. The EA advised Somerset County Council yesterday that there was a potential flood risk to the A361 as Currymoor, one […]

Preparation works set to get underway for Bridgwater’s £5.3m Dunball improvements 

The first phase of a major project to improve the busy Dunball roundabout linking Bridgwater and Junction 23 of the M5 starts later this month. Somerset County Council is with its partner, infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, are delivering an upgraded, signalised roundabout at this key location for the town and M5.  Preparation work is scheduled […]

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Council closes A361 near East Lyng following EA advice as water levels rise with weather warning in place 

Issued on behalf of Somerset County Council and the Environment Agency Somerset County Council has closed the A361 across the Somerset Levels following warnings from the Environment Agency (EA) that floodwaters are likely to spill onto the road.  Road users are being urged to plan ahead and use an alternative route from 6pm this evening […]

£11.6m traffic signals programme turns to busy Bridgwater Junction

Work to renew traffic lights and crossings across Somerset as part of a multi-million package returns to Bridgwater later this month. The Somerset County Council scheme, which is a key component in the town’s Celebration Mile project, will see major upgrades to traffic signals at the Broadway/St John’s Street junction as well as the zebra […]

Council pushes for urgent landlord action on A358 land slips

Somerset County Council is working with a local landowner to ensure work is carried out urgently to prevent any further landslips onto a vital county route. This week the Council’s Highways team is carrying out essential drainage upgrade and clearance works along the A358 at Combe Florey. This key route links Taunton to West Somerset […]

Somerset County Council statement regarding Boxing Day hunt parades

We can confirm that the council is not using any powers to close roads for hunt meets this year.  We have spoken to the hunts identified by AAF and two have confirmed they will meet on private land and the third will not be closing the road. We apologise for any misunderstandings in relation to […]