Somerset County Council

Road projects


You can contact us for information on major road schemes, such as the latest implementation schedule. We will respond to your request within 10 working days. 

The period of time from the submission of a bid for Major Schemes funding to implementation would be a minimum of 2 years, but more often it is longer.

We deliver Major Highway Schemes (schemes where design and construction costs exceed £5 million), which have been identified through the Local Transport Plan (LTP) process. 

We manage the development of these schemes from initial conception through planning, compulsory purchase orders (CPO), tender and construction.

In recent years the Major Projects have implemented the East of Taunton Park and Ride, the Taunton Third Way scheme, Taunton Northern Inner Distributor Road and M5/J24 Huntworth Roundabout

The Colley Lane Southern Access Road is a major project currently going through the detailed design phase.

Yeovil Western Corridor is going through the tendering process for construction works.

An initial design is being progressed for improvements to the M5-J25.

The Major Schemes are funded through part grant funding from the Local Transport Board, the remainder through borrowing approvals to Somerset County Council and, where appropriate, contributions from relevant private sector developments.

How can I express my concerns about a major road scheme?

Please phone us on 0300 123 2224 or write to the address below. 

Please include:

  • Your name and address and contact details
  • Your preferred contact, such as, reply by letter, email or set up a meeting
  • The exact details of your concern including a road reference and location 

Process for Schemes being Approved

The Local Transport Plan (LTP) policy document is subject to County Council Member approval before submission to the Government Office /Department for Transport for consideration.

Requests for individual schemes, to be funded from the LTP capital pot which are received from various sources including Parish Councils, District Councils, County Councillors, the Public and County Council Officers are assessed against LTP funding criteria and targets before being ranked through a score carding process.  The schemes scoring highest in the scorecarding process for each of the investment priorities are then progressed utilising any available funding.

The Major Schemes Team are responsible for Major Schemes and significant LTP schemes (over £500,000) and the LTP Implementation Team for other LTP schemes and the ranking process.


Contact: Major Schemes
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY 
Phone: 0300 123 2224 
Fax: 01823 358064 
Customer Contact opening hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
Major Schemes opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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