Temporary Road Closure: ttro481124 – Knapp Road, North Curry

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; https://one.network/?tm=126934089 and the link for the Notice 2: https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1111/03-notice-2_126934089_3411853_b06364f897.pdf
The order becomes effective on 17th March 2022 and will remain in force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 21st March 2022 and last for 3 days to enable Wessex Water to replace a meter.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4 600, quoting reference: ttro481124

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than two weeks ahead, you will need to register for free with www.One.Network

Our Buses Are Under Threat

April 2022 was meant to augur in a new era for our buses. It was the month when the £3 billion as part of Bus Back Better, National Strategy for Buses for England, could be used to improve bus services. People could be invited to abandon their cars and opt for the ‘greener’ option of going by bus on journeys to nearby towns and villages.

To improve buses across the county, Somerset had put in a bid for £163 million of Bus Back Better money. That was the sum of money Somerset needed because Somerset bus services currently are the worst rated of any county in England. But the Bus Back Better fund has been oversubscribed 8 times by all the bids from across England and so it’s unknown how much money Somerset might get. But it’s unlikely to get anything like what Somerset needs.

The 2 years of Covid with endless warnings not to use buses has seen bus passenger numbers down 40% on pre-Covid levels. This has meant the Government has had to step in and subsidise bus services in order to keep them running. To fund this the Government has diverted more than half of the £3 billion pot allocated for transforming our bus services to just maintain our current bus services.

Worse still, the Government has still not said whether it will keep funding our existing bus services from April.

If it doesn’t, then without this subsidy, bus services across the county (including here in Somerset) could “fall off the side of the cliff” (as said by Wera Hobhouse, Bath MP). It’s been estimated 30% of bus services would go. Some bus services could even disappear completely.

Without this Covid Bus Recovery Grant, a leading bus operator has said, “The bus sector is hurtling towards disaster.”

So what can we do?

Could you please … today … send an email (doesn’t need to be long) to the Government Buses Minister demanding that the Covid-19 Bus Recovery Grant funding is continued beyond April. Send it to BARONESS VERE OF NORBITON (Buses Minister) – email verec@parliament.uk. Also copy your email to your MP, REBECCA POW (Taunton Deane) – email rebecca.pow.mp@parliament.uk

Please also copy in Somerset Bus Partnership to any emails too. Our email address: somersetbuspartnership@gmail.com .

Additionally, if you should speak to any of the candidates for the Somerset Unitary Council May 5th elections, please ask them what their plans are to protect and improve our bus services here in Somerset. There’s never been a time when our bus services in Somerset have been at so much risk.

Somerset Bus Partnership Team

https://www.somersetbuspartnership.co.uk

Temporary Road Closure: ttro480939TD – RS005842 – Ilminster Road, Thornfalcon

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; https://one.network/?tm=126833850 and the link for the Notice 2: https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1111/03-notice-2_126833850_3409769_13d9167eb2.pdf
The order becomes effective on 10th March 2022 and will remain in force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 14th March 2022 and last for 15 nights (18:30- 07:00) excluding weekends to enable Milestone Infrastructure to carry out resurfacing works.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224 quoting reference: ttro480939.

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than two weeks ahead, you will need to register for free with www.One.Network

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: – ttro481865 – Stoke Road, Stoke St Gregory

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Stoke Road, Stoke St. Gregory which will commence on 9th February 2022 and is expected to last until 15th February 2022, (excluding the weekend).

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224, quoting reference: ttro481865 – Stoke Road, Stoke St Gregory.

A map showing the proposed affected closure area (in red) is shown below, and the proposed diversion route (in blue, please note this could be be subject to change on review).

Urgent / emergency Road Closure: – ttro648044 – YAPR53227, Staple Fitzpaine Road, Orchard Portman

Please be aware that we have received a notification of a TTRN (urgent / emergency) road closure at Staple Fitzpaine Road, Orchard Portman will commence on 5th February 2022 and is expected to last until 5th February 2022.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is not permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Somerset Highways on 0300 123 2224, quoting reference: ttro648044.

A map showing the proposed affected closure area (in red) is shown below, and the proposed diversion route (in blue, please note this could be be subject to change on review).

Please see https://one.network/?tm=127456408 for any updates.

Temporary Road Closure: ttro479379 -NR -Bullplace Bridge Rd, Stoke St Gregory

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; https://one.network/?tm=124313407 and the link for the Notice 2:https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1111/03-notice-2_124313407_3405114_7883e82106.pdf
The order becomes effective on 17th February 2022 and will remain in force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 21st February 2022 and last for 4 days to enable Network Rail to carry out repair works to rail bridge.

The contractor has indicated that access for Emergency Services through the site is permitted on this occasion.

For any further information about this closure please contact Sunbelt Rentals on 0370 050 0792 quoting reference: ttro479379.

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than two weeks ahead, you will need to register for free with www.One.Network

Somerset Water Forum

Somerset Water Forum is scheduled to take place on Friday 19th November at the J24 Conference Centre near Bridgwater. This free event is a joint venture between Somerset Catchment Partnership, Somerset Rivers Authority and the Environment Agency and will showcase some of the most innovative water environment projects happening in Somerset, as well as stimulate discussions around future priorities and opportunities.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow will open the forum and will be followed by a range of speakers covering Somerset’s Flood Action Plan, climate change, water quality and working with nature. A full list of speakers and information on how to book a place can be found here: Somerset Water Forum 2021 | Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West Limited (fwagsw.org.uk)

Temporary Road Closure: ttro456510 – Stathe Road, Burrowbridge

Please follow the link to view the above road closure; https://one.network/?tm=122433309 and the link for the Notice 2https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm/1111/3-notice-2_122433309_3335583_165e4cc8e4.pdf
The order becomes effective on 2nd September 2021 and will remain in force for eighteen months.

The works are expected to commence on 6th September 2021 and last for 5 days to enable Wessex Water to carry out works to replace a communication pipe relay.

For any further information about this closure please contact Wessex Water on 0345 600 4 600, quoting reference: ttro456510.

Please note that should you require to view a closure which is more than two weeks ahead you will need to Register for free with www.One.Network

Urgent Road Closure: ttro465827 – Stoke Road, Ruishton

Please be aware that we have received notification of an urgent road closure at Stoke Road, Ruishton, which will commence on 23rd August 2021 and is expected to last until 24th August 2021 (the closure is between the hours of 18:0006:00).

These works are for Highways England to carry out drainage survey works.

For any further information about this closure please contact Highways England on 01623 345 888, quoting reference: ttro465827.

A map of the affected area (in red), together with the recommended diversion route (in purple) is shown below, along with the link to One.Network. https://one.network/?tm=123097875

09/08/2021