Category Councillor John Woodman

A metre and half is the safe way to pass

Overtaking too closely endangers the lives of cyclists and horse riders – that’s the key message behind a major new campaign this October, backed by Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team, Avon and Somerset Police, and Taunton Area Cycle Campaign. Operation Close Pass involves taking action against motorists who endanger cyclists and horse riders by […]

Heavy fines for roadworks offences

Two firms have received significant fines after pleading guilty to roadworks offences. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted British Telecom PLC and Wessex Water Services Limited as part of its commitment to minimising disruption and keeping the public safe. The cases, heard at Taunton Magistrates on Monday 21 September, […]

Somerset highway schemes scoop more top awards

Two Somerset County Council highway projects have been recognised with prestigious awards at regional and national level. The scheme to build the Colley Lane Southern Access Road – or Squibbers Way – in Bridgwater, delivered in partnership with Whitemountain and AECOM, has landed two more awards at the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards – […]

Blue Anchor coast and road protection

Somerset County Council is preparing to fund a West Somerset coastal defence that will help protect a key road at Blue Anchor. The investment of up to £4m is being funded through a Government highways grant and will enable rock armour to be installed at the foot of eroding cliffs to protect the road; and […]

Essential drainage and resurfacing work on A361 at Bere Lane

A major scheme to repair drains and resurface a key route in Glastonbury is planned to take place in August. The A361 at Bere Lane is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme combines drainage work and resurfacing to reduce the frequency of closures in the area and […]

SCC welcomes funding for key road repairs

Somerset County Council is welcoming a Government award of almost £5m for urgently needed structural repairs to a key road junction near Wellington. The funding was announced by the Department for Transport as part of a £100m nationwide package to improve road quality, following a bid submitted by the Council earlier in the year Somerset […]

Toneway Creech Castle upgrade set to be postponed to support economic recovery

A major road improvement scheme to upgrade the busy Toneway Creech Castle junction in Taunton is set to be postponed until next year to support the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council originally planned to begin work in April 2020 but this was temporarily paused due to the start of […]

On-street parking patrols to resume

On-street parking patrols are due to restart in Somerset on Monday (1 June) following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. With more pupils returning to schools and some businesses starting to reopen, Somerset County Council’s civil enforcement officers will return to help keep roads clear and traffic moving. At first, they will serve penalty notices on […]

It’s now even easier to cycle in and around Bridgwater

Cycling in the Bridgwater area is about to get much easier – thanks to The Bridgwater Way’s brand-new journey planning tool! The Bridgwater Way has updated its popular digital cycle route map following feedback from the community and has now added a smart ‘journey planning function’ that allows users to plan a trip by bike […]

Two resurfacing schemes brought forward to take advantage of quieter roads

Highways workers are taking advantage of the quieter roads across the county by bringing forward two essential resurfacing schemes in the next two weeks. Due to high levels of traffic on busy roads, it can be difficult to plan works that require a road closure. However, with traffic levels still reduced, Somerset County Council has […]