Author Archives: Peter Elliott

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 […]

City centre street set for resurfacing

Major improvements on a busy road in Wells city centre are being planned to take place next month. The B3139 The Liberty and Tor Street are showing signs of deterioration and have been subject to an increasing number of minor repairs in recent months. The planned scheme will involve removal of the old road surface, […]

Essential resurfacing on A372 at Huish Episcopi

A busy road in Huish Episcopi will be closed for essential resurfacing works next month. The A372 at Ducks Hill is showing signs of deterioration and Somerset County Council is planning extensive repairs along the key route. The scheme is split into phases with prep works, including drainage works, taking place from Monday 3 February […]

Planning ahead for next phase of drainage improvement scheme

The next phase of essential drainage improvements on the A378 at Mile Head is scheduled to take place early next month. A major scheme to improve drainage at this location has been taking place in phases over the past few years. The latest works will see a number of gullies repaired and a further 270 […]