Category road safety

Blooming good way to check your vehicle

As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and into summer, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team want to help you ensure your vehicle gets you safely to your staycation. The Road Safety Team subscribe to FLOWERS; a simple check that spots minor vehicle problems before they become major. Fuel – Check you have enough for your journey […]

Council takes action against anti-social driving

A temporary one-way system has been introduced on a Taunton road by Somerset County Council’s Highways Team after residents expressed concerns about driver behaviour. Essential work is currently being carried out by a developer in Monkton Heathfield to link the A3259 Western Relief Road to the main road network. A section of road is currently […]

It’s time to Raise your Ride!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team, along with Avon and Somerset Police have launched Raise your Ride, an exciting new initiative for motorcyclists. Somerset Road Safety want to raise awareness of advanced riding techniques across the West of England; motorcyclists make up only c. 1-2% of traffic, but they represent c. 21-23% of all road […]

Motorcyclists urged to keep their ‘shiny side up’

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team has launched a new campaign to help reduce high casualty rates involving motorcycles in the county. Called ‘Shiny Side Up’ – the name of the campaign comes from a popular motorcyclist saying – keep your shiny side up – implying that the rubber should stay firmly on the road! […]

Council’s swift action to remove hazard of diseased trees from roadside

Hundreds of dead and dying trees bordering a busy road have been cleared by Somerset County Council’s Highways Team and partner agencies.   The operation on Plummer’s Lane (B3135) near Cheddar targeted 250 trees affected by ash dieback, (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus), a fungus that will kill or seriously effect over 95 per cent of our ash […]

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, […]

Flood prevention work on Somerset road

Urgent flood prevention works are scheduled to take place on the A3088 Cartgate Link Road near Yeovil next week. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team has identified a seepage through the carriageway, which has led to flooding during heavy rain. If surface water freezes, the driving conditions would be extremely hazardous on this busy road. The […]

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 […]

Travel sensibly this winter

Our fleet of 23 gritters are ready to be called upon as soon as it gets cold over the upcoming months. We will be maintaining the extended gritting service of last year, with approximately 900 miles of road up for treatment in 2020/21. What roads do we treat? We treat over a fifth of Somerset’s […]

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 […]