Author Archives: Blake Jones

England Coast Path closed due to a landslip

The England Coast Path (ECP) has been closed between Watchet and Blue Anchor due to a landslip. Somerset County Council is responsible for maintaining the ECP within the county boundaries and closed the path at the weekend in the interest of public safety. An inland diversion is available, and the details for this can be […]

Road deaths decrease in Somerset

The number of deaths on Somerset’s roads decreased from 26 to 22 over the 2019 calendar year. This figure is lower than the targets set by Somerset County Council, and forms part of its long-term goal of casualty reduction. The Council’s road safety team receives police reports following injury collisions and carries out research to […]

Offenders on the right path with the highways Community Payback scheme

Offenders taking part in a Community Payback scheme have completed 1,500 hours of work on low-priority highway maintenance activities in Somerset. Somerset County Council has been working in partnership with the Probation Service to trial using offenders to help tidy up the streets. The scheme identifies appropriate highway maintenance jobs – like removing weeds and […]

Essential resurfacing to take place on key Bridgwater road

Vital repair and resurfacing works on the A39 North Street in Bridgwater are due to take place next month. The road is to be resurfaced to restore its profile, protect the foundations and improve skid resistance. Due to the width of the road, and to keep the workforce and travelling public safe, the road will […]

Building improved bridges across Somerset

A number of footbridges on public rights of way across South Somerset have now been replaced by Somerset County Council. Three bridges, specifically over the River Ding near the village of Broadway, over the River Cary just outside the village of Charlton Mackrell and over the River Cale near Wincanton were deteriorating and in need […]

Road safety programme helping young people Learn 2 Live

A targeted road safety programme to help keep younger drivers and passengers safe is being rolled out by Somerset County Council’s road safety team. Recent stats show that 20 per cent of road casualties in Somerset involve 16 to 24-year-olds – despite this age group making up just 9 per cent of the total population. […]

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before

With the Christmas party season in full swing, Somerset County Council’s road safety team is reminding road users of the dangers of drink driving, particularly on the morning after a night out. Anyone convicted of drink driving faces a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. The myths that a cup of coffee, a […]

Squibbers Way to open next week

Bridgwater’s new link road Squibbers Way will open to the public next week with a spectacular mini squibbing display. Construction of the new road is nearly complete and Somerset County Council is working with main contractor Whitemountain and Bridgwater Carnival to organise a mini squibbing display to celebrate the road’s link to Bridgwater’s famous tradition. […]

Step up for Road Safety week

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging drivers to step up for Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week, which runs from the 18th to the 24th 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. […]

Stay safe on the roads this winter!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team has some helpful advice to keep everyone safe on the roads this winter. Heavy rain, high winds, ice, snow, and shorter daylight hours make travelling over the winter months a challenging experience. It’s important for road users to realise that road conditions can change quickly, and that changing your […]