Author Archives: Blake Jones

Flood prevention scheme set to commence on A359 at Marston Magna

Work on a vital flood prevention scheme begins on a key southbound route into Yeovil this month. Somerset County Council’s Highways team, in partnership with the Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA), are carrying out work on the A359 at Marston Magna in several areas. Work includes repairs to the highway drainage system which helps remove surface […]

New Blue Anchor to Watchet coast path route agreed

Somerset County Council, in partnership with local landowners and managers, have agreed a new route for the England Coast Path between Watchet and Blue Anchor. This section of the trail has been closed since a cliff fall in 2020 resulted in a section of the path close to Warren Farm being lost to the sea, […]

New electric minibuses hit the roads in Somerset

Somerset County Council now has two fully electric, specially adapted wheelchair accessible minibuses available for use. These vehicles are Maxus EV80 minibuses and are the first of their kind in the county. They have a capacity of ten passengers, and the seats within can be adapted so that three wheelchairs can be safely included. On […]

Road safety team advise against distracted driving

Drivers are being warned by Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team that   tough new legislation kicks in this week to punish mobile phone use at the wheel. As of Friday (25 March 2022), drivers caught using a phone while in charge of a vehicle can expect six points on their licence and a £200 fixed […]

Keep your eyes on the windscreen and not your phone screen

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is working with partners across the region to urge drivers to keep their eyes on the road. Driving while using a mobile is one of the top five factors in fatal and serious road injuries and research has found that drivers who use a mobile phone while driving are: […]

Retaining wall to be replaced on key county route

An important scheme by Somerset County Council’s Highways Team to construct a new supporting wall next to the A30 at Haselbury Plucknett is planned to take place next month. The old wall will be replaced by SCC’s contractor in the interest of motorists’ safety – it is deteriorating and is likely to become a serious […]

Team set to make thousands safer on Somerset’s roads in 2022

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team are gearing up for a busy calendar this year delivering vital information and training to people of all ages. In 2021 the team delivered courses, presentations, and educational programmes to 20,000 people across Somerset, covering all age groups – this despite face-to-face delivery only being deemed safe in May. […]

Urgent work to remove diseased trees from county roadsides

Somerset County Council’s Highways team is continuing important work to remove diseased and dangerous ash trees along key routes. Two such schemes both start on Monday 10 January affecting the A39 at Puriton and B3227 at Norton Fitzwarren. There will be a full road closure on the A39 until Friday 14 January between the Puriton […]

Stay safe and sober on the road this Christmas

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is sending out an important message to drivers – keep safe on the county’s roads this Christmas. As part of this year’s campaign variable message signs (VMS) will be used on roads around Taunton and Bridgwater to deliver some key reminders to drivers to steer clear of illegal and […]

New England Coast Path footway opens in Doniford

Somerset County Council’s Rights of Way team completed work on a new safe footway in Doniford last week. The work was completed with support from Natural England and the England Coast Path Establishment Scheme, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England and was made possible with the cooperation of Doniford Farm Park and […]