Author Archives: Blake Jones

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 […]

Resurfacing commencing on A39 Wells Road

Somerset County Council will be carrying out resurfacing of the Hartlake Straight on the A39 Wells Road next month. The road surface from the Tin Bridge roundabout just outside Glastonbury towards Polsham has been steadily declining and now needs major repair. The scheme will be carried out from Monday 16 August to Friday 27 August […]

Resurfacing to begin on key Bridgwater route

Important repair work on the Westonzoyland Road is scheduled later this month. Somerset County Council’s Highways team is resurfacing a section of the A372 as it is showing signs of deterioration with cracks on the carriageway. The scheme is due to begin on Monday 26 July and expected to finish on Friday 6 August. The […]

Important resurfacing to go ahead in Glastonbury

Work to resurface a key road in Glastonbury is scheduled to start next week. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is resurfacing Benedict Street in Glastonbury as the road has been showing signs of deterioration over some time and needs major repair. The scheme is in two phases; preparatory works will take place under a road […]

Blooming good way to check your vehicle

As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and into summer, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team want to help you ensure your vehicle gets you safely to your staycation. The Road Safety Team subscribe to FLOWERS; a simple check that spots minor vehicle problems before they become major. Fuel – Check you have enough for your journey […]

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! […]