Somerset: £2m Plan To Improve Roads And Safety

12 May 2014, 14:46 | Updated: 12 May 2014, 14:48

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A £2.2m transport plan to improve highways and road safety has been approved by Somerset County Council.

More than 80 new projects have been put forward as part of the County Council's annual Small Improvement Schemes (SiS) programme. 

These include pedestrian crossings, cycle paths, reductions in speed limits, footpath improvements and traffic calming. 

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council's Cabinet member for Highways, said: ''We are committed to improving and developing the road network in Somerset but face many challenges with our highways budget under increasing pressure. 

''The SiS programme has been a tremendous success in recent years and proves that relatively small schemes driven by local knowledge can make a big difference. 

''Our engineers will now examine the latest list of submissions to assess for their feasibility, before working closely with local communities to draw up detailed individual plans.'' 

Many of the projects are put forward by County Councillors who have been made aware of a need for road improvements in their local area by their constituents and community representatives. All schemes are subject to design, scheduling and budget availability and may not be implemented if they don’t meet these conditions. 


Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within Mendip 

B3090 Oldford - traffic calming 

Old Down to Chilcompton - speed review and improved pedestrian facilities 

Coleford - traffic calming 

Glastonbury Town Centre - improved coach signing

Bove Town, Glastonbury - review of parking area 

Oakhill, Shepton Mallet - improved pedestrian crossing facilities & traffic calming 

Town centre (Market Place and Town Lane) Shepton Mallet - contribution towards pavement improvements 

Church Lane, Cannards Grave, Shepton Mallet - improved traffic management measures 

Whitley Road nr Walton - traffic management measures 

New Street, Wells - Pedestrian and traffic management measures 

Milton Lane, Wells - improved pedestrian facilities 

Westbury sub Mendip - additional footways and pedestrian facilities 

A36 and A366, Norton St Philip - weight restriction signing 


Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within Sedgemoor 

Whitfield Road, Bower Estate, Bridgwater - improved dropped crossing points 

Walnut Drive, Bridgwater - footway improvements 

Wembdon Rd, Bridgwater - upgrade of existing signalised crossing 

Junction of Eastern Avenue & Wilkins Road, Bridgwater - New bus shelter and low floor bus kerb 

Stoddens Road, Burnham-on-Sea - traffic calming 

Brean Road/Rectory Way, Lympsham - junction layout improvements 

A370 Ferry Lane, Lympsham - bus stop improvements 

Lime Street / Mill Lane, Nether Stowey - improved pedestrian facilities 

Othery (near school) - speed & traffic management review 

B3139 Theale to Wedmore - speed review 

South Somerset 

Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within South Somerset 

A372 - Ridley Hill, Aller - improved pedestrian facilities 

Thorndun Park Drive, Chard - improved pedestrian facilities 

B3145 Charlton Horethorne Primary School - speed review 

Stoopers Hill, Combe St Nicholas - junction layout improvements 

Junction of Middle Path with Lyme Road, Crewkerne - pedestrian safety improvements 

A378 Fivehead - speed review 

Crossroads at Five Dials, Pound Road, Horton - speed & traffic management review 

B3151 Church St, Northover to Fosse Way & Taranto Hill, Ilchester - speed & traffic management review 

Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School - traffic calming and speed review 

Christians Cross/Kingweston Road, Charlton Mackrell - junction layout improvements 

Water Street/Stoke Road Martock - mini roundabout and local signing improvements 

Various locations in Merriott - improved dropped crossing points 

A356 Misterton - bus stop improvements 

Cary Road, North Cadbury - safety and parking review 

B3145, Shepherds Cross - speed & traffic management review 

Old Road, Odcombe including the junction with Camp Road - traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements 

A359 Bruton School to Pitcombe Rock, Pitcombe - footway improvements extension 

Main Road, Shepton Montague - speed & traffic management review 

Ashen Cross to West Street and junction of Lower Somerton B3151 - speed and junction layout review 

Behind Berry, Somerton - pedestrian safety improvements 

A356 Between A303 and Crewkerne - road safety route review 

A358 and B3167 Tatworth - speed & traffic management review 

B3153 between Clanville, Alford and Lovington - speed reduction measures and pedestrian safety improvements 

Wincanton – upgrade to public transport facilities to include improved shelter, lighting and information 

Ilchester Road, Yeovil - footway extension 

Lyde Road, Yeovil - pedestrian safety improvements 

Sedgemoor Close/Monmouth Road, Yeovil - traffic management measures 

Freedom Avenue, Yeovil - traffic calming 

Preston Grove, Yeovil - traffic calming 

Taunton Deane 

Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within Taunton Deane 

St Augustine Street/Priory Avenue junction, Taunton - removal of traffic signals 

A38 Billetfield junction with The Mount and Mary St - review of current right turn manoeuvres 

Greenway Road, Taunton - upgrade of puffin to toucan crossing 

A38 Park Street/Compass Hill/Wellington Road junction, Taunton - improved pedestrian crossing facilities 

St James Street, Taunton - review of current shared space layout 

Bridge Street, Taunton - cycle lane 

Kingston Road junction with Station Road, Taunton - safety scheme 

Park Street/The Crescent/Corporation Street, Taunton - safety scheme 

A3259, Monkton Heathfield - improved pedestrian crossing facilities 

South Road, Taunton - pedestrian/cycle safety improvements 

Trull and Staplehay - improved and additional dropped crossing points 

Galmington Drive near junction with Claremont Drive, Taunton - improved bus stop facilities 

Holway Road and Holway Avenue, Taunton - pedestrian/cycle safety improvements 

Obridge Road, Taunton - cycle and pedestrian improvements 

A378 near The Old Post Office, Wrantage - improved pedestrian facilities 

Oake - traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements 

Mantle Street, Wellington - traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements 

Bagley Road, Rockwell Green, Wellington - speed & traffic management review 

North Street, Wiveliscombe - pedestrian safety improvements 

West Somerset 

Improvements to and additional dropped crossing points within West Somerset 

Brompton Regis - measures to reduce the impact of Heavy Goods Vehicles 

B3222, Brushford - speed & traffic management review 

West Street, Dunster - improved pedestrian facilities 

A39 Dunster Steep and Ellicombe Roundabout - widening of existing footway/cycleway 

A39, Kilve - speed & traffic management review Glenmore Road, Minehead - pedestrian safety improvements 

Church Street, Minehead - upgrade footpath and steps 

Willow Grove, Washford - bus stop improvements