Author Archives: Peter Elliott

Transport Minister welcomed to Somerset

The M5, A303/A358 and improved strategic rail links were among the topics of conversation as the Leader of Somerset County Council welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport to Taunton today. Councillor David Fothergill hosted the event at Somerset County Cricket Club where MPs, council leaders and key members of the local business community had […]

Contractor appointed for Junction 25 upgrade

A multi-million pound scheme to upgrade the busy M5 Junction 25 roundabout at Taunton is scheduled to begin next month following the appointment of the principal contractor. Somerset County Council has developed a scheme to increase the capacity of this vital link to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion and unlock land for employment […]

New Yeovil ‘throughabout’ opening next week

Somerset’s first ‘throughabout’ will be opening in Yeovil next week as the Western Corridor improvement scheme passes another key milestone. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It aims to accommodate […]

Another new bridge for Bridgwater

Bridgwater has another new bridge following the installation of a new 30-metre structure over the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. The Crossways Bridge is the latest section of the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road which will link Marsh Lane to Parrett Way and help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway. Somerset County Council’s contractor […]

Investing millions to improve Somerset’s roads

Millions of pounds will be invested to repair and improve roads across Somerset during the first part of 2019. Somerset County Council is planning a number of major and minor maintenance schemes this quarter, thanks in part to the £9.98m one-off pot of money for road repairs announced by the Department for Transport late last […]

Road closure gates ready for use in case of flooding this winter

Emergency road closure gates on the Somerset Levels are ready to protect drivers from flood water if required this winter. Following the severe Somerset floods of 2014, permanent gates were installed at four locations at risk of flooding to help stop vehicles potentially getting stranded. The gates can be found at Cutts Road (East Lyng […]

Taunton town centre repairs to start in new year

Major works to repair and improve pedestrian areas and pavements in Taunton town centre will take place in the new year. Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council are jointly funding the scheme which will include the High Street, Bridge Street, Station Road, East Reach and Hammet Street. Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet Member for […]

Junction 25 upgrade formally approved

A multi-million pound scheme to upgrade the busy M5 Junction 25 roundabout at Taunton was formally approved today. Somerset County Council has developed a scheme to increase the capacity of this vital link to improve traffic flow, ease peak hour congestion and unlock land for employment. The scheme reached a major milestone today with the […]

Yeovil Western Corridor scheme progressing well with Lysander junction next for switch-on

Another key section of the Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is due for completion before Christmas – months earlier than previously advertised. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It takes […]

Extra time to have your say on plans to upgrade Taunton’s Creech Castle junction

A consultation on plans to upgrade the busy Creech Castle junction in Taunton has been extended – with an extra public drop-in event arranged so people can see the designs. Somerset County Council has secured external funding and is developing a junction improvement scheme to ensure Taunton’s transport network can cope with planned future development. […]