Somerset County Council (SCC) has said the Western Relief Road (WRR) will be an alternative route for traffic while the A38 Bridgwater Road is closed

This main road is set to close from August 9, and re-open once the £8.3million scheme is complete in the summer of 2022.

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“It’s good news that the new Western Relief Road is opening, as well as getting traffic off the main road in the village, it will support work to commence on the Toneway improvements,” said Councillor John Woodman, SCC’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport.

“We’d like to thank residents of Monkton Heathfield and the parish councils for their incredible patience and support during the last 18 months, and as we enter into this new phase.

“This is a period of huge change for Taunton and we understand it’s difficult for local people and road users – the closure of the A38 while the Toneway works will present challenges.

“We’re asking road users to please plan ahead and use the official diversion which incorporates the new road – driving through the village will cause unnecessary disruption for residents, so please be considerate.”

The WRR, now classified as the main A3259, opened on Monday (July 26), and has been built by Persimmon as part of the Monkton Heathfield Phase 1 development.

And although the roadworks have now finished, there will still be temporary traffic restrictions through Monkton Heathfield.