Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Let’s celebrate Winter Solstice at Glastonbury Tor by looking after this special place and each other

Glastonbury Multi-Agency Group (MAG) news release People planning to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Glastonbury Tor are being encouraged to play their part in ensuring there’s minimal disruption and damage to the ancient site. Irresponsible vehicle parking on Stonedown Lane close to the Tor’s north entrance has been a feature of previous Solstices, with emergency […]

Green light for new junction serving Firepool site and railway station

An important scheme to link Taunton’s Firepool Development and new railway station car park to the town’s road network with cycling provision is set to commence early next year. Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Great Western Railway and Network Rail are working together to deliver a new junction access from Trenchard Way […]

A39 in Walton set for overnight resurfacing

Vital night-time maintenance of a key county route linking Bridgwater and the M5 with Wells and Glastonbury is scheduled to take place next month. Somerset County Council’s Highways team will be carrying out resurfacing of the A39 in Walton between 21 November and 2 December. The work is being carried out at night to minimise […]

Council calls public meeting to discuss next steps for Chinnock Hollow

A landslide-hit road near Yeovil is the focus for a public meeting next month where Somerset County Council’s Highways team will outline the next steps. Chinnock Hollow has been closed since 21 February 2021 following a significant landslide involving 20 tonnes of rock and sand as well as a large tree. The debris rolled down […]

Work starts on vital A39 active travel corridor in West Somerset

Work commenced this week on a major piece of infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians travelling between Dunster and Minehead. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is improving and widening an existing cycleway and footway running along the A39 between the two towns to ensure residents and visitors can travel safely by bike or foot. The £1 […]

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Somerset County Council is funding vital replacement services on two key routes in the county due to be withdrawn by the operator.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 […]