Tag Archives: John Woodman

Fewer collisions but small increase in number of road deaths in 2018

Newly released statistics show there were 971 injury collisions on Somerset’s roads in 2018 – the lowest number ever reported in the county. The number of people killed or seriously injured remained at 154, the same as in 2017 – although the number of road deaths did increase by 18 per cent to 26. This […]

Additional roads to be gritted as highways teams gear up for winter

Somerset’s highways teams are all set for winter – with 23 gritters on standby and 7,000 tonnes of salt ready to roll when temperatures drop. This winter Somerset County Council will be investing an extra £200,000 into its winter service and has fully reviewed its winter policy. This means the precautionary gritting network – the […]

Resurfacing of key route in Yeovil

Resurfacing works on a key route in Yeovil are planned to take place later this month. The resurfacing will require a road closure between the Bluebell Roundabout and the Westlands Throughabout and will take place overnight to minimise disruption. Works are scheduled to take 9 weekday nights (weather dependent) starting on Tuesday 29 October with […]

Firms fined for roadworks offences

Two utility firms have received substantial fines following successful prosecutions by Somerset County Council. BT and Royal Mail both pleaded guilty at Taunton Magistrates last week (Wednesday 9 October) to several offences relating to roadworks. Somerset County Council is responsible for managing the road network and prosecuted the two firms as part of its commitment […]

Squibbers Way opening plan confirmed

A sparkling event is being planned to celebrate the opening of Bridgwater’s new Squibbers Way in early December. Squibbers Way is the new £18.4m road linking Marsh Lane to Parrett Way and was named by the people of Bridgwater following a public vote. The project was previously referred to as the Colley Lane Southern Access […]

Essential resurfacing work on A39 at Dragon Cross

Essential resurfacing on a key road in West Somerset is due to take place early next month. The A39 at Dragon Cross near Bilbrook has historically been affected by flooding with a number of drainage schemes taking place at this location in recent years to improve the situation. The next step is to improve the […]

New school buses are green for go!

A fleet of five low-emission coaches will be hitting the roads of Somerset this week. Somerset County Council has decided to run the coaches on a number of school routes to help address a lack of competition in the market and reduce costs. Following the loss of several large bus/coach operators in recent years, particularly […]

Your chance to support vital road safety work in Somerset

A new initiative is offering organisations and businesses the chance to support important road safety work within Somerset. Latest data shows the number of injury collisions in Somerset was the lowest ever last year – but there was an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured. Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team […]

And the winner is… Squibbers Way

Bridgwater’s bright sparks have now chosen a name for the town’s new link road – Squibbers Way. Somerset County Council asked the people of Bridgwater to help find a permanent name for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR). This attracted more than 250 unique nominations which were whittled down to a shortlist of six […]

Essential resurfacing schemes in Taunton

Drivers are reminded of two key road resurfacing schemes coming up in Taunton later this month. Essential works to resurface the A358 Hankridge Roundabout and Admiralty Way / Creechbarrow Way were announced earlier this year as part of a major package of investment in Somerset’s roads. Works at the Hankridge Roundabout require phased road closures […]