Category Press releases

Yeovil Western Corridor drop-in centre open every Tuesday

Anyone with a question about a major road improvement scheme in Yeovil can now meet with the contractor at a weekly drop-in centre. 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 […]

Green light for Colley Lane scheme

A multi-million pound link road which will provide traffic relief to several key locations across the south east of Bridgwater was formally approved today. Somerset County Council’s Cabinet unanimously voted to appoint a contractor for the £18.4m Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) scheme following an extensive procurement process. The contract will be signed after […]

Utility firm fined for unauthorised roadworks

A utility firm has been fined £3,000 after pleading guilty to three offences relating to unauthorised roadworks. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted Bristol Water as part of its commitment to minimising disruption to the travelling public. The Council does its best to plan ahead and avoid overlapping or […]

Over 60 per cent of calls resolved first time to keep you independent

More people are having their care needs successfully met on their first phone call to the County Council, thanks to Somerset’s innovative new ways of working. Around 60 per cent of Adult Social Care phone enquiries to the Council’s customer services, Somerset Direct, are now being resolved on the first call and on some days […]

Councillor John Woodman and Brian Worrall

Brand new minibuses for the West Somerset Slinky service

A community transport charity has been given a huge boost after receiving two brand new minibuses so it can continue to provide life-line services to residents. Somerset County Council is handing over the new vehicles – worth a combined £77,500 – to Minehead-based charity ATWEST which runs the West Somerset Slinky service for residents who […]

Advance warning of resurfacing on A39 at Walton

Major resurfacing works on a key route between Bridgwater and Street are being planned for early next year. The essential work on the A39 Main Street at Walton is the fifth phase of significant highway maintenance investment in to the A39 corridor between Bridgwater and Street in recent times. Due to the narrow width of […]

Advance warning of A30 Sherborne Road resurfacing

The next phase of vital improvements on a key road in Yeovil are due to take place early next year. A major drainage upgrade was carried out on the A30 Sherborne Road back in July to tackle the underlying structural issues which had led to problems with cracking and potholes. This work was a success […]

Fewer casualties but more deaths on Somerset’s roads in 2016

Somerset’s roads are statistically the safest they have ever been – but sadly there was a small increase in the number of deaths last year. The number of people seriously injured on Somerset’s roads dropped by almost 16 per cent from 188 in 2016 to 158 compared to 2015, however the number of fatalities rose […]

Speed Down Save Lives for Road Safety Week

‘Speed Down Save Lives’ is the strong message from Somerset County Council and others promoted during next week’s Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week (20-26 November) is a nationwide initiative by the charity Brake. This year’s theme is speed – a factor which contributes to a significant number of fatalities on the roads. Brake is […]

Pink kittens highlight dangers of driving while distracted

Somerset County Council is supporting Think! road safety in its latest campaign to deter young drivers from using their mobile phones while driving. Research has shown that younger drivers are three times more likely to use a mobile phone while driving than older drivers. They are also less likely to consider using a mobile phone […]