Author Archives: Peter Elliott

Work underway to find permanent fix for damaged road

Somerset County Council has taken swift action to keep drivers safe after severe weather caused damage to a key road in West Somerset. Temporary traffic lights are in place while extensive investigative works take place into structural damage to the foundations of the A358 at Sampford Brett near Williton. These have been caused by prolonged […]

Permanent memorial to Taunton-born founder of the RAF

A permanent memorial to Hugh Montague Trenchard – the Taunton-born founder of the Royal Air Force – will be unveiled in the county town this year to mark the organisation’s centenary. The 1st Viscount Trenchard, who is widely regarded as the Father of the RAF, was born at Haines Hill, Taunton, in 1873 and spent […]

Opening the gate for a new bus service for Yeovil housing estate

Work is due to start next week on a bus gate that will allow a new bus route to serve a Yeovil housing estate and provide links to other key destinations in the town. The bus gate will be built to link Sandlewood Close with Hudson Road and is essential for South West Coaches to […]

Find out more about the Colley Lane Southern Access Road

Construction of a new multi-million pound link road in Bridgwater is now underway – and residents are invited to two drop-in events next week to meet the contractor and find out more. The £18.4m Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) plans include two new bridges, 840 metres of carriageway and new cycle and footways. The […]

Utility firm fined over roadworks offences

A utility firm has been fined more than £3,000 after pleading guilty to three serious roadworks offences. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Wessex Water as part of its commitment to minimising disruption to the travelling public and keeping them safe. All three charges relate to the New Roads […]

Cash boost for vital infrastructure moves step closer

Local authorities in Somerset have welcomed news that the first step of an ambitious bid for government cash to improve local infrastructure has been successful. Today’s announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government means Somerset County Council’s application for ‘forward funding’ under the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) will progress to the next […]

Green light for £18m upgrade of M5 Junction 25

Multi-million pound plans to upgrade Junction 25 of the M5 have moved a step closer following today’s decision to grant planning permission. Junction 25 is the main access point to Taunton and also provides a critical link to the second strategic route into the South West – via the A358 and A303. Somerset County Council […]

True grit shown in highways response

The highways network in Somerset is returning to normal after some of the worst winter weather experienced in the county for years. Highways teams using snowploughs, blowers, diggers and gritters worked 24/7 from midnight on Wednesday through the weekend to keep main roads clear of snow and ice. Gritting crews covered more than 14,000 miles […]

Travel planning portal scoops top innovation award

Pioneering work to develop a groundbreaking online travel planning portal has been recognised with a top award. The Total Transport Project is being jointly run by Somerset County Council and Gloucestershire County Council and is designed to help people find and book a range of transport all from one place. The web portal, which is […]

Highways teams ready for the ‘Beast from the East’

Highways teams are gearing up for a very busy week as the ‘Beast from the East’ potentially brings Siberian weather and hazardous driving conditions to Somerset. Drivers are advised to plan ahead and take precautions with temperatures set to stay close to freezing all week and Met Office warnings in place for snow and ice. […]