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Western Relief Road vital to £8.3m Toneway project

A major new section of Taunton’s road network opens on Monday (July 26) paving the way for the start of a multi-million pound improvement project on the Toneway.

Fine handed to BT for 19 offences is Council record

British Telecom PLC has been handed a record fine after being found guilty of 19 offences last year. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted British Telecom PLC as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe. The case, heard at North Somerset Magistrates on Tuesday […]

Multi-million pound signals upgrade heads to Chard

Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is set to begin work in Chard as part of its £11 million county-wide traffic signals refurbishment programme.

Double fine for civil engineering firm

A civil engineering firm has received a hefty fine after being found guilty to a pair of roadworks offences earlier this year.

County hits record number of ‘easy to use’ public rights of way

Somerset County Council now has nearly 90 per cent of its public rights of way network classed as ‘easy to use’ thanks to a great team effort, and just in time for the great British summer. During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a big rise in the number of people using the county’s public […]

Somerset gritters rack up 70,200 miles in turbulent year

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down season after travelling the equivalent of nearly three times around the world this winter. The fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 66 occasions when freezing temperatures were forecast, treating around 900 miles of road each time to help prevent ice forming with 1842 route actions in […]

Essential roadworks to address ash dieback on key road

Somerset County Council’s Highways team is continuing work to remove diseased and dangerous ash trees from our roadsides.

Junction 25 – permanent A358 layout adopted

Taunton’s multi-million-pound M5 Junction 25 upgrade has reached another important landmark with the opening of the permanent road layout.

Step into county’s rich history of shipwrecks and smugglers on coast path

Somerset’s seafaring heritage and lost legends are beautifully brought to life in a set of ‘story walks’ being launched by Somerset County Council.

Vodafone fined heavily for two road works offences

Vodafone Ltd has received a significant fine after pleading guilty to a pair of road works offences which took place last year.