Tag Archives: roads

New date for Squibbers Way opening

An event to celebrate the opening of Bridgwater’s new Squibbers Way has been rescheduled to avoid clashing with the General Election. Somerset County Council is working with main contractor Whitemountain and Bridgwater Carnival to organise a spectacular mini squibbing display to mark the opening of the new link road. This was due to take place […]

Major drainage upgrade on A358 near Chard

A major engineering scheme to upgrade drainage on the A358 between Chard and Tatworth starts next week. The section of Two Ash Hill near Two Ash Lane has been subject to issues with localised flooding in the past. This scheme will replace the drainage system along a 330m stretch of road, including new chambers, covers […]

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 the A39 at Walton

A major scheme to resurface a key road between Bridgwater and Street is planned to take place later this month. The A39 Main Street at Walton is showing signs of deterioration with numerous cracks and potholes on the carriageway. The scheme is the second phase of works at this location which was split to reduce […]

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 […]