Category road safety

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 […]

£120k for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling

Somerset has been allocated £120,000 in emergency funding for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling. The Department for Transport has now confirmed details of the first £45m from its £250m emergency active travel fund*. The five Local Authorities in Somerset have been working with the police and other partners to identify a list of […]

Road deaths decrease in Somerset

The number of deaths on Somerset’s roads decreased from 26 to 22 over the 2019 calendar year. This figure is lower than the targets set by Somerset County Council, and forms part of its long-term goal of casualty reduction. The Council’s road safety team receives police reports following injury collisions and carries out research to […]

20’s plenty for every school in Somerset

Ambitious plans to keep children safe by installing an advisory 20mph zone outside every school in Somerset were announced today. Somerset County Council has today committed £1.5m to tackle speeding by rolling out a programme of advisory 20mph zones across the county. Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Every year I know […]