18th February 2019

Investing millions to improve Somerset’s roads

Millions of pounds will be invested to repair and improve roads across Somerset during the first part of 2019.

Somerset County Council is planning a number of major and minor maintenance schemes this quarter, thanks in part to the £9.98m one-off pot of money for road repairs announced by the Department for Transport late last year.

Some of the major schemes confirmed include (see notes to editors for further details including associated road closures):

  • A38 Huntworth Roundabout (Junction 24)
  • A358 between Thornfalcon and Southfields Roundabout, Ilminster
  • A367 Bath Road, Ashwick
  • Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury
  • A361 Frome Bypass Berkley Roundabout
  • A361 Frome Cemetery Roundabout
  • A39 East Quantoxhead
  • Admiralty Way and Creechbarrow Way, Taunton
  • A358 Hankridge Roundabout, Taunton
  • A358 Sampford Brett
  • A30 Snowdon Hill, Chard

The DfT has requested the funding is spent by the end of the financial year.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The extra funding received from the DfT late last year was very welcome and I’m pleased we can now confirm a list of locations for improvements on top of other works already planned.

“Spending this money at short notice is a challenge and while we are always very grateful for extra cash we do repeat our calls for more certainty over highways funding in the long term which would allow us to plan ahead more effectively.

“Nevertheless, we’ve worked hard to revise our plans and bring forward some much-needed schemes so there’s no doubt this money will lead to better roads and less future disruption for drivers.

“Clearly, there will be some impact in the short-term with road closures needed to carry out the work safely, but we hope motorists can be patient and understand the long-term benefits.”

Funding from the DfT will also be allocated to a range of other highways activities, from upgrading street lights and investing in rights of way, to repairing safety defects, potholes, traffic signals and road signs.

For the latest updates about roadworks along with live traffic reports, please visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk and follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter.