Somerset: famous for it’s delicious ciders, traditional farmer’s markets and historical pubs.
Unfortunately, our county also has a nasty reputation for slow moving vehicles, disruptive farm yard creatures and, inevitably, delays on the road.
On top of these cliches, the good men and women servicing the roads of Somerset have a huge job to do in terms of keeping the surfaces up-to-date and smooth. Many towns in the county have ongoing construction works, updating gas and water lines, causing delays that can easily be avoided…as long as you know they’re taking place.
We’ve collected a few of the main offenders that are blocking up traffic here, so you can avoid them and make your drive that much easier:
A38 gas works
There’s good news for the people of the Wellington Road and Heatherton Park Road areas of Taunton – 3.6km of old gas lines are being replaced, guaranteeing the area a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come. Beginning the 24th July, WW Utilities will be starting the mammoth task of pulling up the roads and pipes, so that they can fit new plastic replacement parts.
The bad news is that the work is going to take around 13 weeks and the majority of these lines lie under the A38, one of the major traffic routes of Taunton. Although the good people at WW Utilities have promised to minimise disruption where possible, delays are almost guaranteed – diversions will be in effect, but you’ll want to leave yourself with extra time regardless.
Big changes are going down in Monkton Heathfield. Nearly ten years after receiving the go-ahead for a raft of new road improvements in the area, Persimmon and Redrow are moving ahead with developments that should see the completion of a master plan that has seen a complete re-haul of the A38 and the creation of an Eastern Relief Road. Local councillors are hoping that this relief road, in conjunction with new slow-areas, should help reduce congestion and make the roads safer for children walking to the recently relocated West Monkton Primary School.
Work on a new bus gate, which will limit traffic on the original A38 to busses only, will be taking place throughout the summer holiday and should be completed for the start of the new terms.
Bath Market every Sundays from 10:00-16:00 – 21 May to 30 November
On the last Sunday of the month from March to October, the Bath Artisan Market takes place in Queen Square. This Artisan Market is a great opportunity for locals to mill around and explore up to 70 stores selling unique food, vintage clothes and lots more. For those not enjoying this monthly event, roads will unfortunately be closed, so if you’re looking to travel in and around the city you might want to consider avoiding the area altogether.
Thankfully this disruption will only occur once a month, if you’d like to check out Bath’s other Independent Market then you can go to the Brunch Market on the 2nd Sunday of the month in the less difficult location of Green Park.