Author Archives: Blake Jones

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 […]

Be a road safety hero

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is encouraging all road users to become road safety heroes next week. Road Safety Week, which runs from 15 to 21 of November, is an annual charity event organised by Brake, which aims to highlight general road safety concerns whilst reducing the number of casualties on the UK’s roads; 2021’s […]

Crossing to be replaced on key Bridgwater route

A scheme to replace 25-year-old traffic signals at the pedestrian crossing on the A372 with new equipment is scheduled to start next week. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is refurbishing the crossing opposite the Co-operative on Westonzoyland Road, as the current equipment has reached the end of its operational life. The scheme is part of […]

Walk to School Month

Walk for the World this October

October is International Walk to School month and Somerset County Council is putting the call out to all pupils to get involved if they can. Walking instead of driving where possible is better for your physical and mental wellbeing; and it’s better for the environment and for traffic congestion – especially at those school gates. […]