Category Active Travel

Major roundabout improvement plan moves forward with contract award

A £5.2 million plan to improve the busy Dunball Roundabout near Bridgwater is a step closer following the appointment of a contractor. Somerset County Council will be working closely with its partner, infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, to develop a design for a signalised roundabout. The Dunball roundabout links to Junction 23 of the M5, and […]

Ambitious 10-year blueprint for cycling and walking network in Somerset launched

Somerset County Council has unveiled plans for major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) for Yeovil and Taunton are the first to be published – they’ll be followed by plans for Bridgwater and Frome and […]

£8.3m Toneway project moves up a gear

Taunton’s Toneway Creech Castle junction improvement project is entering the next phase as work gets underway on major bridge-widening works and a massive surface water drainage system. The multi-million-pound project, designed to increase the junction’s capacity and improve cycling and pedestrian connections, started in August and is progressing well. Work includes additional lanes on the […]

Project is a real boost for town’s economy

A vital scheme to link Taunton’s Firepool development and new station car park to the town’s road network with cycling provision has moved a step closer. Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Great Western Railway and Network Rail are working together to deliver a new junction access from Trenchard Way to the crucial […]

Multi-million pound transport schemes net Government funding

Major improvements to the A38 northern corridor heading into Bridgwater are a step closer today after Government approved a £10 million funding bid.   Money from the Treasury’s Levelling Up fund will help pay for more than £3.4 million worth of cycling and walking infrastructure along the entire corridor as well as a remodelled Dunball […]

Walk to School Month

Walk for the World this October

October is International Walk to School month and Somerset County Council is putting the call out to all pupils to get involved if they can. Walking instead of driving where possible is better for your physical and mental wellbeing; and it’s better for the environment and for traffic congestion – especially at those school gates. […]

New town centre schemes are unveiled

Press release on behalf of the five Somerset Councils New schemes to support walking and cycling in three Somerset towns have been unveiled following the recent confirmation of approximately £450k of Government funding. Projects in Frome, Yeovil and Bridgwater have each been allocated Active Travel funding, along with an ongoing scheme in Taunton’s East Street, […]

Temporary schemes come to an end

Following the latest lockdown and closure of non-essential retail, schemes introduced to support social distancing and the reopening of high streets in two Somerset towns are to end. Temporary schemes introduced last summer in Yeovil and Bridgwater, featuring a pedestrianised zone and one-way system respectively, were funded by Government and overseen by Somerset’s Active Travel […]

Active Travel schemes update

Measures to support social distancing and the reopening of high streets in towns across Somerset will remain in place throughout the rest of December and will be reviewed again in the New Year. The temporary schemes introduced in June include pedestrianised zones and one-way systems and were initially funded by the Government and overseen by […]

Councils assess impact on town centres

The impact of the new lockdown on town centres in Somerset and what that means for schemes designed to aid social distancing and encourage walking and cycling is being assessed. Several temporary measures currently remain in place such as one-way systems in Bridgwater and Glastonbury, and pedestrianisation in Taunton, Yeovil, and Wells. Somerset’s Active Travel […]