22nd January 2020

Key resurfacing in Taunton

Essential resurfacing of a busy road near two supermarkets in Taunton is planned to take place later this month.

The road surface on Castle Street, near the junction with Wellington Road and in close proximity to the Tesco and Lidl store entrances, is in poor condition and needs to be replaced.

A scheme is being planned to take place during off peak times to minimise disruption and the teams will be maintaining access to the supermarkets.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Anyone who drives in this area will be familiar with the poor road condition here and this scheme is very welcome. It’s a tricky location to work on so I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with nearby stores to keep access routes open and minimise disruption as much as possible.”

The works will start on Monday 20 January and will be carried out in phases, working between 6.30pm to 11.30pm. There will be no access to Castle Street from Wellington Road during these times, but drivers can still reach the stores from the Tangiers direction.

For a final shift on Monday 27 January (6.30pm to 11.30pm), there will be a one-way system in place on Wellington Road to allow works to take place on the junction. During this time, traffic will be prevented from travelling into town along Wellington Road and diverted via Silk Mills instead. Outbound traffic will be unaffected.

Somerset County Council looks after more than 4,170 miles of road and in 2018/19 invested £24.7m to keep the county moving, including filling 18,519 potholes and delivering 385 highway maintenance schemes ranging from drainage works to carriageway and footway resurfacing.

You can stay up to date with this and other roadworks schemes by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter or visit www.travelsomerset.co.uk/roadworks.