Category road safety

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 […]

Road safety programme helping young people Learn 2 Live

A targeted road safety programme to help keep younger drivers and passengers safe is being rolled out by Somerset County Council’s road safety team. Recent stats show that 20 per cent of road casualties in Somerset involve 16 to 24-year-olds – despite this age group making up just 9 per cent of the total population. […]

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer The Bridgwater Way has been busy working with people who live in Stockmoor and Wilstock Village to help make their streets safer. Together they created a “Community Street Audit” with the aim of seeing how local people viewed the quality of streets and open spaces in […]

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before

With the Christmas party season in full swing, Somerset County Council’s road safety team is reminding road users of the dangers of drink driving, particularly on the morning after a night out. Anyone convicted of drink driving faces a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. The myths that a cup of coffee, a […]

Step up for Road Safety week

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging drivers to step up for Road Safety Week. Road Safety Week, which runs from the 18th to the 24th of November, is an annual charity event organised by Brake, which aims to highlight general road safety concerns whilst reducing the number of casualties on the UK’s roads. […]