Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

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 […]

Teams on standby to protect road surfaces in extreme heat

Somerset County Council’s gritters will be mobilised to treat ‘melting’ road surfaces as the county prepares for extreme temperatures in the next few days. With an Amber Weather Warning in place and Temperatures set to hit 29C this weekend and climbing to 35C early next week, road temperatures could become high enough for the asphalt […]

Final push to complete replacement of hazardous retaining wall

A challenging scheme to completely rebuild a crumbling retaining wall along a stretch of one of Somerset’s busiest transport arteries is nearing completion. Excellent progress is being made on the A30 at Haselbury Plucknett with work nearing the final stages of completion. Now in order to complete the scheme, there will need to be overnight […]

A371 set for urgent drainage and resurfacing works

A key Somerset road is the focus for important repairs this summer to protect the surface from flooding and ice during the winter months. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is replacing drainage channels and gullies which are badly deteriorated on a stretch of the A371 near Wincanton in readiness for adverse weather. The work is […]

£8.3m Toneway project moves into home straight

Taunton’s Toneway Creech Castle junction improvement project is entering the final phase towards completion later this summer.

£11.6m traffic signals repair work starts Mendip phase

Work to renew traffic lights and crossings across Somerset as part of a multi-million package commences in Wells and Shepton Mallet this summer. The scheme will see major upgrades to traffic signals in both towns before the programme moves to Frome later in the year. Work to replace signals at a number of sites in […]

Let’s have a great Summer Solstice at Glastonbury Tor by respecting the site and each other

People planning to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Glastonbury Tor are being encouraged to play their part in ensuring there’s minimal disruption and damage to the ancient site. Previous Solstice celebrations have seen irresponsible vehicle parking on Stonedown Lane, blocking access for residents, preventing farmers from tending livestock, and obstructing emergency vehicles. Glastonbury Multi Agency […]

Planning a journey in Somerset? Think Travel can help

A new one-stop travel information website has been launched by Somerset County Council to support more local people to access public and community transport. If you don’t own a car – or you want to leave it at home and travel more sustainably, Think Travel can help you with your transport options. Whether it’s getting […]

Evening resurfacing work on A358

Somerset County Council’s Highways team needs to carry out urgent resurfacing work on the A358 at Hatch Beauchamp next week. The Council’s contractor will be working on a stretch of the road from the Ilminster Road junction to the Langport Road junction from next Wednesday, 16 March for 13 nights until 1 April. The road […]

Major roundabout improvement plan moves forward with contract award

A £5.2 million plan to improve the busy Dunball Roundabout near Bridgwater is a step closer following the appointment of a contractor. Somerset County Council will be working closely with its partner, infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, to develop a design for a signalised roundabout. The Dunball roundabout links to Junction 23 of the M5, and […]