Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Council drives multi-million pound road schemes forward

Somerset County Council’s commitment to investment is stepping up a gear this summer with delivery of vital road improvement schemes.   In recent weeks the County Council has confirmed plans to invest £10m on public health initiatives and £6m on economic development to kickstart Somerset’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.   Now the focus turns […]

Keeping verges in trim for your safety

Grass cutting season is underway and Somerset County Council’s contractors are out and about across the county helping to keep verges in check and road users safe. Each year more than 9,400km of roadside verge is cut – that’s almost the distance from Taunton to Tokyo. The operation presents a challenge for the Council’s Highways […]

Recognition of excellence for J25 contractor

The contractor delivering a flagship £19m project for Somerset County Council has scored top marks in a national initiative aimed at ensuring  safe, clean, and considerate working. Alun Griffiths, which is delivering Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 improvements, scored 43 out of a possible 50 in the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and was awarded a certificate […]

Be ready for East Street opening

Shoppers and pedestrians using Taunton’s East Street are being reminded that from next week the temporary closure will be reopened to two-way traffic. Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport is asking people using East Street to be aware that from early Monday morning, 24 May, two-way traffic will be flowing through again, […]

Council takes action against anti-social driving

A temporary one-way system has been introduced on a Taunton road by Somerset County Council’s Highways Team after residents expressed concerns about driver behaviour. Essential work is currently being carried out by a developer in Monkton Heathfield to link the A3259 Western Relief Road to the main road network. A section of road is currently […]

Vital resurfacing work scheduled on A358

A crucial scheme to resurface part of a key road between Taunton and Minehead is planned to take place next month. Somerset County Council’s Highways team will be resurfacing a stretch of the A358 near Combe Florey, between Williton Road and Coggins Lane, as the carriageway is in need of urgent repair. A temporary road […]

Council takes decision on East Street

A decision has been made to remove the temporary closure of Taunton’s East Street as part of a range of ongoing measures by Somerset County Council’s Highways team to address traffic congestion. Essential works by the developer of a new residential block in the Paul Street area of Taunton were the focus for significant delays […]

Night resurfacing at key junction

Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is carrying out resurfacing work at an important Taunton junction over five evenings. The A3065 at the Silk Mills Road, Mountway Road and Bishop’s Hull Hill Road junction is in need of urgent repair and the team will be carrying out the work from Monday 26 April to Friday 30 […]

Developer to undertake key access works

Important works are starting in Taunton this month around the A38 Mary Street, Billetfield and Paul Street junctions, to support a residential development. The developer of the Platinum Skies retirement complex on the former Quantock House site has helped us to draft this set of Q&As which hopefully explain what’s happening, why and how this […]

Junction 25 – next major milestone reached

A multi-million pound project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 reaches another important landmark next week with the opening of the permanent road layout.   This is a significant milestone for the award-winning £19.2 million Somerset County Council scheme, as it moves towards completion in the next few months. It will see the reopening of […]