Author Archives: Blake Jones

Stay sober and stay safe this winter

Christmas parties may not be the same this year, but the dangers of both drink driving and winter conditions are still as potent as ever. Somerset County Council’s road safety team are reminding all motorists that consequences can be especially severe at this time of year, and that all road users should be sober and […]

Vital work against erosion on A358 near Combe Florey

An important scheme to repair eroding verges on the busy main road to West Somerset is going ahead. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is scheduled to repair the verges of the A358 near Yard Farm in Combe Florey in January, as it is showing signs of deterioration with cracking and dangerous movement of the carriageway. […]

Essential work to improve pedestrian safety in Highbridge

Improvements to pedestrian safety around Churchfield School in Highbridge are planned to start today. Somerset County Council is improving the footpath from Burnham Road, adding built out kerb lines to improve visibility and a new zebra crossing. The work will be carried out with temporary traffic lights; they are expected to be in place for […]

Utility firm fined for breaching signage rules

A water supply company has received a significant fine after pleading guilty to a roadworks offence which took place earlier this year. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Wessex Water Services Ltd as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe. The case, heard at […]

Slamming the brakes on abuse of road workers

Physical and verbal abuse of road workers must stop now, says Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. The Council is backing a petition to Parliament to make it a specific criminal offence to assault highway workers giving those working on the roads the same protection as emergency workers. Tougher sentences can be […]

Highways team tackles key jobs during half-term

Somerset County Council’s highways teams are going to be taking advantage of the upcoming half-term to carry out important work at two sites in Taunton. A new road gully is being constructed on the corner of Station Road/Belvedere Road in Taunton; the area suffers from persistent flooding and ahead of the middle of winter the […]

Essential resurfacing scheme on key road in Prestleigh

A major scheme to repair a stretch of one of Somerset’s important transport arteries is due to start next week. Somerset County Council is resurfacing the A371 along Prestleigh Hill, as it is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The work will begin on Monday 12 October on week […]

Essential resurfacing on key road in Bridgwater

A major scheme to resurface a key road in Bridgwater is planned to take place next week. Somerset County Council will be resurfacing A39 Wembdon Road/North Street as it is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme will be carried out under an evening road closure to minimise […]

Resurfacing programme for 2020 completed ahead of schedule

A multi-million pound programme to improve 140 miles of road across Somerset is now complete, weeks earlier than planned. Somerset County Council works with contractors across the county to implement surface dressing; a highly effective maintenance technique for sealing a road, improving skid resistance and making road surfaces watertight. This is vital, as it helps […]

Somerset Libraries launch new personal shopper service as doors begin to reopen

As part of the phased reopening of library buildings later this month, a new ‘personal shopper’ service is being introduced. Somerset County Council will launch the service in Taunton Library on 6 July. Subject to a review, it will then be introduced in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Yeovil on 13 July. It is hoped all remaining […]