Category Councillor Mike Rigby

Council steps in to save crucial bus service

Somerset County Council has provided a lifeline for bus users in Frome by stepping in to run an under-threat bus route with its own fleet. The number 30 bus service which connects communities around Frome was set to end on Saturday (20 August) when the current commercial operator confirmed it could no longer operate the […]

New £1 fare for Taunton and more evening buses in Somerset

Bus users will soon be able to travel anywhere in the Taunton area for just £1 The new fare structure is part of an £11.9 million package of measures being introduced by Somerset County Council as part of Somerset’s Bus Service Improvement Plan and includes proposals for new evening and weekend services on some routes.Earlier […]

Bus it – you know it makes sense

As fuel prices spiral during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis Somerset County Council and Somerset Bus Partnership are joining forces to encourage people to ‘BUS IT’. The campaign aims to highlight that with households under financial pressure buses have never been more relevant, offering a cheaper travel alternative and the chance to save on fuel and […]

Council’s double delight at Somerset Education Business Partnership awards

Somerset County Council picked up two honours at the recent Somerset Education Business Partnership (SEBP) Awards held in Bridgwater.  Somerset County Council collected one award for its work supporting young people faced with disadvantages in getting work opportunities, and another for the way the Highways team delivered social and community benefits throughout the pandemic.  The […]

Major step forward for M5 Junction 26 improvements 

A £5.7million scheme to upgrade Junction 26 of the M5 along with a connecting link road has moved closer following the appointment of a contractor. The scheme will see the ageing concrete surface of Junction 26 near Wellington and the A38 link road to Chelston completely renewed.The original concrete surface, constructed in 1974, is showing […]

A378 set for key resurfacing works next month

Somerset County Council’s Highways Team will begin work in August on a section of the A378, between Langport and Taunton, which has become fractured and displaced causing water to flow through the sub structure to create cracking and ground movements.

Teams on standby to protect road surfaces in extreme heat

Somerset County Council’s gritters will be mobilised to treat ‘melting’ road surfaces as the county prepares for extreme temperatures in the next few days. With an Amber Weather Warning in place and Temperatures set to hit 29C this weekend and climbing to 35C early next week, road temperatures could become high enough for the asphalt […]

Final push to complete replacement of hazardous retaining wall

A challenging scheme to completely rebuild a crumbling retaining wall along a stretch of one of Somerset’s busiest transport arteries is nearing completion. Excellent progress is being made on the A30 at Haselbury Plucknett with work nearing the final stages of completion. Now in order to complete the scheme, there will need to be overnight […]

Full fibre broadband ready for service for thousands more premises

Another 2,500 homes and business across Devon and Somerset are now able to access full fibre broadband thanks to the ongoing rollout through the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme. Internet Service Provider Airband has announced the latest figures as it continues its gigabit capable fibre build in the region on behalf of CDS. Access […]

A371 set for urgent drainage and resurfacing works

A key Somerset road is the focus for important repairs this summer to protect the surface from flooding and ice during the winter months. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is replacing drainage channels and gullies which are badly deteriorated on a stretch of the A371 near Wincanton in readiness for adverse weather. The work is […]