Author Archives: Blake Jones

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. […]

Team effort aims to improve lives by tackling flooding

Works to reduce hazardous flooding on the main road serving West Somerset are set to be carried out next month by Somerset County Council Highways.  The A39 at Carhampton Cross has long been a flooding trouble spot, with excessive water regularly posing a danger to road users or making it impassable. This has caused widespread disruption for residents, businesses and visitors. Water cascading down from Carhampton Cross has also regularly […]

Joint crackdown aims to put brakes on speeding motorists

Motorists are being urged to check their speed, slow down and save lives in a new speeding crackdown. Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team and Avon and Somerset Police jointly support an anti-speeding campaign run by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). New ‘check your speed’ signs will appear in areas where there have been regular […]

Council’s street lighting team set a shining example in reducing carbon footprint

Over half of street lighting in Somerset is now eco-friendly and playing an important role helping the county work towards its 2030 carbon neutral target. Somerset County Council’s Highway Lighting Team has started to reduce its carbon footprint in the past five years thanks to the installation of LED lanterns in 56 per cent of […]