Category roads

Keeping verges in trim for your safety

Grass cutting season is underway and Somerset County Council’s contractors are out and about across the county helping to keep verges in check and road users safe. Each year more than 9,400km of roadside verge is cut – that’s almost the distance from Taunton to Tokyo. The operation presents a challenge for the Council’s Highways […]

Recognition of excellence for J25 contractor

The contractor delivering a flagship £19m project for Somerset County Council has scored top marks in a national initiative aimed at ensuring  safe, clean, and considerate working. Alun Griffiths, which is delivering Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 improvements, scored 43 out of a possible 50 in the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and was awarded a certificate […]

County hits record number of ‘easy to use’ public rights of way

Somerset County Council now has nearly 90 per cent of its public rights of way network classed as ‘easy to use’ thanks to a great team effort, and just in time for the great British summer. During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a big rise in the number of people using the county’s public […]

Be ready for East Street opening

Shoppers and pedestrians using Taunton’s East Street are being reminded that from next week the temporary closure will be reopened to two-way traffic. Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport is asking people using East Street to be aware that from early Monday morning, 24 May, two-way traffic will be flowing through again, […]

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 […]

Somerset gritters rack up 70,200 miles in turbulent year

Somerset County Council’s gritting teams are standing down season after travelling the equivalent of nearly three times around the world this winter. The fleet of 23 gritters were needed on 66 occasions when freezing temperatures were forecast, treating around 900 miles of road each time to help prevent ice forming with 1842 route actions in […]

Council takes decision on East Street

A decision has been made to remove the temporary closure of Taunton’s East Street as part of a range of ongoing measures by Somerset County Council’s Highways team to address traffic congestion. Essential works by the developer of a new residential block in the Paul Street area of Taunton were the focus for significant delays […]

Night resurfacing at key junction

Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is carrying out resurfacing work at an important Taunton junction over five evenings. The A3065 at the Silk Mills Road, Mountway Road and Bishop’s Hull Hill Road junction is in need of urgent repair and the team will be carrying out the work from Monday 26 April to Friday 30 […]

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 […]

Essential roadworks to address ash dieback on key road

Somerset County Council’s Highways team is continuing work to remove diseased and dangerous ash trees from our roadsides.