Author Archives: Peter Elliott

Park your mobile phone before driving to stay safe and avoid tougher new penalties

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is advising motorists to park their mobile phones before driving as new laws with tougher penalties come into place this week. From Wednesday 1 March, the law will change and drivers caught using a handheld phone will receive six points instead of three with fines doubling from £100 to […]

Next phase of Yeovil junction roadworks confirmed

Barratt Homes has confirmed details for the next phase of a major roadworks scheme in Yeovil. The developer is currently replacing the mini-roundabout at the junction of Sherborne Road and Lyde Road with a new traffic light controlled junction. This is required as part of a legal agreement linked to the construction of new homes […]

Resurfacing the steepest A road in England

A challenging engineering scheme to resurface one of the steepest hills in the country is due to start next month. The A39 at Porlock Hill is reportedly the steepest A road in England and has a gradient of 1 in 4 (25 per cent) in places. As part of Somerset County Council’s planned maintenance programme, […]

Bath Place makeover now complete

  Work to improve an historic shopping street in Taunton has been completed – nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. Somerset County Council teamed up with Taunton Deane Borough Council and local traders to replace the tired old paving slabs which were frequently coming loose and requiring temporary repairs. The scheme was planned to take […]

Busy A39/A361 junction set for revamp

A key junction where the busy A39 meets the A361 near Ashcott is in line for essential improvements next month. The A39 will be fully resurfaced from the Normans Lane junction to just past the Pipers Inn car park, including the junction with the A361. A specialist high friction road surface and improved road markings […]

Engineering scheme up for transport award

A major engineering scheme which saw the main road between Street and Glastonbury rebuilt and resurfaced in just eight days has been shortlisted for a prestigious transport award. Somerset County Council’s work to repair the A39 Causeway during October half-term is in the running for Transportation Project of the Year at the Chartered Institution of […]

Planning ahead for rescheduled drainage scheme in Yeovil

A major engineering scheme in Yeovil which was rescheduled from before Christmas at the request of the community is now set to take place in the summer. Somerset County Council had been looking to take advantage of a gap between other schemes to carry out vital drainage improvement works on the A30 Sherborne Road in […]

Have your say on plans to upgrade the A303

Somerset residents are being urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A303. Highways England has begun consulting on proposals to improve the route from Sparkford to Ilchester and create 30 miles of dual carriageway between Mere and South Petherton. Somerset County Council was instrumental in lobbying the Government for whole route improvement […]

Bishops Lydeard roundabout scheme: overnight A358 closures confirmed

The A358 at Bishops Lydeard will need to close overnight later this month for the installation of a new underpass. The work is part of a major scheme to build a new roundabout and is being delivered by contractor SWH Civils on behalf of Taylor Wimpey as part of a legal agreement linked to the […]

Resurfacing to improve two key A roads in South Somerset

Updated 17/2 Major resurfacing schemes to improve two key A roads in South Somerset are due to get underway later this month. The A356 between Merriott and the A303 and the A372 Langport Road near Long Sutton are both showing signs of deterioration. Somerset County Council will be carrying out major engineering work to repair […]