Author Archives: Blake Jones

It’s time to Raise your Ride!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team, along with Avon and Somerset Police have launched Raise your Ride, an exciting new initiative for motorcyclists. Somerset Road Safety want to raise awareness of advanced riding techniques across the West of England; motorcyclists make up only c. 1-2% of traffic, but they represent c. 21-23% of all road […]

Motorcyclists urged to keep their ‘shiny side up’

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team has launched a new campaign to help reduce high casualty rates involving motorcycles in the county. Called ‘Shiny Side Up’ – the name of the campaign comes from a popular motorcyclist saying – keep your shiny side up – implying that the rubber should stay firmly on the road! […]

Vital drainage work on key Yeovil route

A critical scheme to repair damaged drains on one of Yeovil’s main transport arteries is planned to take place from next week. Somerset County Council’s Highways team must replace a section of the A3088 Cartgate Link Road’s drains as there is currently frequent risk of flooding. The scheme will also include installing a filter drain […]

Essential resurfacing on Cornhill, Bridgwater

A scheme to resurface a key road in Bridgwater town centre is planned to take place next month. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing a section of Cornhill as it is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme will be carried out under an evening road closure to […]

Stay sober and stay safe this winter

Christmas parties may not be the same this year, but the dangers of both drink driving and winter conditions are still as potent as ever. Somerset County Council’s road safety team are reminding all motorists that consequences can be especially severe at this time of year, and that all road users should be sober and […]

Vital work against erosion on A358 near Combe Florey

An important scheme to repair eroding verges on the busy main road to West Somerset is going ahead. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is scheduled to repair the verges of the A358 near Yard Farm in Combe Florey in January, as it is showing signs of deterioration with cracking and dangerous movement of the carriageway. […]

Essential work to improve pedestrian safety in Highbridge

Improvements to pedestrian safety around Churchfield School in Highbridge are planned to start today. Somerset County Council is improving the footpath from Burnham Road, adding built out kerb lines to improve visibility and a new zebra crossing. The work will be carried out with temporary traffic lights; they are expected to be in place for […]

Utility firm fined for breaching signage rules

A water supply company has received a significant fine after pleading guilty to a roadworks offence which took place earlier this year. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Wessex Water Services Ltd as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe. The case, heard at […]

Slamming the brakes on abuse of road workers

Physical and verbal abuse of road workers must stop now, says Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. The Council is backing a petition to Parliament to make it a specific criminal offence to assault highway workers giving those working on the roads the same protection as emergency workers. Tougher sentences can be […]

Highways team tackles key jobs during half-term

Somerset County Council’s highways teams are going to be taking advantage of the upcoming half-term to carry out important work at two sites in Taunton. A new road gully is being constructed on the corner of Station Road/Belvedere Road in Taunton; the area suffers from persistent flooding and ahead of the middle of winter the […]