Author Archives: Peter Elliott

Flypast and ceremony marks Taunton links to the Royal Air Force

A stunning flypast by an RAF A400 Atlas was the finale of celebrations in Taunton today to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and honour one the town’s most illustrious sons. Somerset County Council welcomed special guests including the 3rd Viscount Trenchard, senior serving and retired members of the RAF, and local […]

Road naming event to honour founder of the Royal Air Force

A Somerset man who founded the Royal Air Force and helped change the course of history will be remembered in his home county next week as part of the national RAF100 celebrations. Hugh Montague Trenchard, the 1st Viscount Trenchard, is widely regarded as the Father of the RAF after being appointed the first Chief of […]

New bus service to connect Yeovil housing estate

A new bus service linking Yeovil’s Wyndham Park estate to the town centre will start operating next week. The half-hourly service has only been made possible by the construction of a new bus gate which links Sandlewood Close with Hudson Road to reduce journey times. This work, carried out by Somerset County Council, is now […]

Major resurfacing on East Reach

Major resurfacing is planned on one of the main routes into Taunton next month. Sections of the A38 East Reach are showing signs of significant deterioration and will be resurfaced as part of Somerset County Council’s structural maintenance programme. Work starts on Monday 18 June will be carried out during off-peak hours (6.30pm to 11.30pm) […]

Highway grass cutting season is underway

The 2018 roadside grass-cutting season is now underway with contractors in action across Somerset to help keep road users safe. As the highway authority, Somerset County Council cuts roadside verges to a minimum of one metre in width to preserve visibility at junctions and bends. This also helps the flow of water along road channels […]

Mini-roundabout trial in bid to keep traffic moving in Yeovil

A mini-roundabout will be installed on Preston Road in Yeovil next week as a trial while work on the Western Corridor scheme continues. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also […]

Disruptive and unauthorised roadworks lead to fines of £40,000

Two utility firms have been fined a total of £40,000 after pleading guilty to several offences relating to roadworks. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Vodafone and BT as part of its commitment to minimising disruption to the travelling public. Vodafone was fined £15,000 over works on the A358 […]

Footway improvements on A39 Bath Road at Bawdrip

Maintenance works along the A39 Bath Road near Bridgwater are due to start next week. The footways and kerbing along the stretch of road at Bawdrip, between the Crandon Bridge junction and the Knowle Inn, are showing signs of deterioration and are in need of resurfacing and repair. Work is due to start on Tuesday […]

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 […]