Category Projects

£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 […]

Innovative venture to improve Somerset young people’s lives

Somerset County Council is leading the way and joining forces with new strategic partner ‘Homes2Inpsire’ in working differently to secure new homes for looked after children and young people. Following an extremely competitive procurement process, Somerset has secured Homes2Inspire, part of Shaw Trust – one of the UK’s largest charitable social enterprises – as its […]

Rowbarton switch-on signals green light for next chapter in £11.6m programme

New traffic signals installed in Taunton’s Rowbarton area as part of a multi-million pound county-wide package are now operational. Work to carry out a major upgrade of 40-year-old signals at key junctions and pedestrian crossings commenced in the spring.The Council’s contractor Griffiths removed the old equipment and replaced it with new state-of-the-art traffic signals, including […]

Find out more about the Toneway project

A multi-million-pound scheme to improve Taunton’s Toneway Creech Castle Junction is moving on apace following overnight work last week. Road users travelling regularly along the route may have noticed a change in traffic management layout following this activity which has enabled the contractor access to the next area of work. Now there’s an opportunity coming […]

Digital Innovation Centre set for Firepool site

Somerset County Council has approved funding which paves the way for a new £11m Digital Innovation Centre at the Firepool site in Taunton. The centre will be a flagship development for Taunton, building on local strengths in the digital sector and forming a key part of plans for recovery and transformation of the Somerset economy, […]

Park and ride for free as Toneway Creech Castle upgrade gets underway

Taunton’s park and ride service will be made free of charge as part of a special initiative to encourage use of the park and ride service and, minimise disruption during a major upgrade of the Creech Castle junction. The £8.3m project was deferred last year because of the pandemic, now work is about to begin […]

Developer to undertake key access works

Important works are starting in Taunton this month around the A38 Mary Street, Billetfield and Paul Street junctions, to support a residential development. The developer of the Platinum Skies retirement complex on the former Quantock House site has helped us to draft this set of Q&As which hopefully explain what’s happening, why and how this […]

Junction 25 project nets prestigious awards

A multi-million pound project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 has won a brace of awards at a top industry event this week.   Somerset County Council Highways and partners picked up the Project of the Year and Collaboration Awards at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport  (CIHT) South West Awards 2021 for the […]

Government praises Council’s ‘cost effective’ schools programme

Somerset’s work to build and expand schools has been highlighted as a model of good practice by Government. The County Council has been praised by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education for its ‘efficient’ and ‘cost effective’ schools capital programme. In his letter to the Council’s Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty, Lord Agnew said the Government […]

Yeovil Copse Road junction next for switch-on

The Yeovil Western Corridor improvement scheme is set to reach another landmark next week with the switch-on of the new upgraded Copse Road junction. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions, reduce congestion and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. […]