Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Coast path closure due to cliff instability

A stretch of the England Coast Path between Doniford and Watchet has been closed after instability in the cliffs made the route unsafe. Somerset County Council’s Rights of Way Team is working hard to resolve the issue and reopen the path as soon as possible. Until then the team is looking at the possibility of […]

Council steps up a gear with next major transport and infrastructure projects

Somerset County Council is forging ahead with multi-million-pound projects to improve travel links and infrastructure and support the recovery of the local economy in Taunton this spring.   Despite the challenges of Covid, a major £19m scheme to boost capacity at Taunton’s M5 J25 and the A358 junction is on time and on budget. Last […]

New town centre schemes are unveiled

Press release on behalf of the five Somerset Councils New schemes to support walking and cycling in three Somerset towns have been unveiled following the recent confirmation of approximately £450k of Government funding. Projects in Frome, Yeovil and Bridgwater have each been allocated Active Travel funding, along with an ongoing scheme in Taunton’s East Street, […]

Work begins to link major site to road network

A major development set to bring thousands of jobs and huge investment to the heart of Somerset has reached an important milestone.   Work is progressing apace on one of the UK’s largest commercial smart campuses – Gravity at Bridgwater’s M5, Junction 23, and next month the focus shifts to connecting the low-carbon 635-acre site […]

A303 dualling a ‘massive economic boost’

Somerset County Council has welcomed the Government’s decision to give the go-ahead to a multi-million scheme to upgrade one of the county’s vital transport arteries. The Council has worked hard to press Government on the need to invest in long-awaited major upgrade of the A303. It is crucial to support the growth of the economy […]

A358 closure needed for vital repairs

Emergency repairs need to be carried out on a damaged embankment next to one of Somerset’s key roads which is posing a hazard to road users. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team needs to correct some severe erosion to the embankment running alongside the A358 near Combe Florey. In order to carry this out, the road […]

Temporary schemes come to an end

Following the latest lockdown and closure of non-essential retail, schemes introduced to support social distancing and the reopening of high streets in two Somerset towns are to end. Temporary schemes introduced last summer in Yeovil and Bridgwater, featuring a pedestrianised zone and one-way system respectively, were funded by Government and overseen by Somerset’s Active Travel […]

New road is a key milestone for Junction 25

A multi-million project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 has taken a big step forward with the opening of an important new link road serving the town and motorway. The Nexus link road is the next key stage in the £19.2m improvement of Junction 25, which when finished next summer will deliver significantly increased capacity.  […]

Frantic festive period for gritters

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams covered more than 20,000km and spent over 970 hours on the county’s road over the festive period keeping key routes clear for key workers.   The team of 54 drivers and nine supervisors from the Council’s contractor Skanska were kept busy throughout the holiday season as freezing temperatures gripped the […]

New digital front door for outdoor service

  Somerset County Council’s Outdoor Centres (SSE Outdoors) provide memorable experiences to thousands of young people every year. Now, thanks to an engaging new website booking them is just a click away. Over 14,000 young people visit the four centres each year and even throughout the Covid-19 crisis Support Services for Education (SSE) Outdoors has […]