Author Archives: Peter Elliott

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill is urging Somerset residents to do their bit to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, following the latest measures imposed by the Government. Last night, every citizen was directed by the Prime Minister to stay at home, except for very limited purposes. Non-essential shops and community spaces will be […]

Coronavirus – Somerset County Council update

Vital work to maintain essential public services in Somerset is continuing during in what is an unprecedented time for our county and the country as a whole. Somerset County Council is now in business continuity mode and is continuing to follow key advice from Government – we will keep you updated on a regular basis. […]

Start date confirmed for Toneway Creech Castle upgrade

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton will start next month. Somerset County Council has developed a design to reduce congestion and improve access to Taunton by increasing the capacity of the junction. The upgrade includes significantly enhanced facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and is critical to […]

Prestigious innovation award for Squibbers Way project

The project team involved with designing and building Squibbers Way in Bridgwater has scooped a prestigious award for overcoming engineering challenges through innovation. Somerset County Council, in partnership with main contractor Whitemountain, won first place in the 2020 South West Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Innovation Award. The project was also Highly Commended […]

Key milestone as new Junction 25 bridge beams lifted into place

  A multi-million pound project to upgrade M5 Junction 25 at Taunton reached a key milestone today with the lifting of the beams for a new 15.5m span bridge with a total width of 34m. The Blackbrook Bridge will provide a new arm onto the Junction 25 roundabout, helping ease congestion by increasing the capacity […]

One letter for One Somerset – Council Leader kickstarts drive for Unitary

An ambitious drive to transform local government in Somerset and save tens of millions of pounds for improved frontline services is now officially underway. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill has today written to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, kickstarting the case for One Somerset – A Unitary […]

Drainage scheme to tackle flooding near Taunton Station

Works to tackle an ongoing flooding issue near Taunton Station are starting on Monday. The road and pavement near the pedestrian crossing on Clifton Terrace has been prone to flooding in recent times. Somerset County Council investigations identified a collapsed drain deep under the road which requires extensive repairs under a temporary road closure. This […]

Toneway Creech Castle upgrade moves step closer

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton is on track to start this spring, following a decision taken today. Somerset County Council has developed a design over several years to reduce congestion and improve access to Taunton by increasing the capacity of the junction. The upgrade includes […]

Hefty fines for roadworks offences

Two utility firms have received significant fines after pleading guilty to roadworks offences. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Verizon UK Ltd and Western Power Distribution as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe. The cases, heard at Taunton Magistrates on Wednesday 22 January, […]

Drainage improvements in Bruton

Improvements to the drainage system in Bruton town centre are taking place next week. Works on the High Street are scheduled to run from Monday 27 January to Friday 31 January and include reconstruction of three gullies and repairs to the underground pipework. Due to the need for deep excavations under the road it will […]