Preparations in full swing for Rod Stewart concert in Taunton - includes road closure details

Preparations in full swing ahead of Rod Stewart concert in Taunton

Preparations in full swing ahead of Rod Stewart concert in Taunton

Preparations in full swing ahead of Rod Stewart concert in Taunton

Preparations in full swing ahead of Rod Stewart concert in Taunton

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PREPARATIONS are well underway for the arrival of rock legend Rod Stewart in Taunton tomorrow, as these photos show.

Some 18,000 fans are expected to fill the County Ground tomorrow night for one of the town's biggest concerts in years.

Somerset County Council is putting on extra park and ride buses with heavy traffic expected.

A council spokesman said: "With thousands of music fans set to attend, there is likely to be a significant increase in the number of vehicles on the road and several roads will be closed to allow the event to take place safely.

"This has been agreed by the event organisers, the police and the county council.

"To encourage concert-goers to leave their cars behind, arrangements have been made to run extra park-and-ride bus services from both Taunton Gateway and Silk Mills sites.

"Road closures will affect Priory Bridge Road, Priory Avenue and other streets near the cricket ground from midday to midnight, while Bridge Street and North Street will be closed between 9pm to midnight.

For a map of affected roads, click here.

 

 

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10:10am Tue 17 Jun 14

ogunnar says...

With all the road closures in Taunton at present and total gridlock at times and now with these extra road closures on Saturday you might as well say Taunton is closed for busines for the days.Is it any wonder why shoppers are going else where!!
With all the road closures in Taunton at present and total gridlock at times and now with these extra road closures on Saturday you might as well say Taunton is closed for busines for the days.Is it any wonder why shoppers are going else where!! ogunnar
  • Score: 19

1:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Pamster says...

Unfortunately due to an injury which occurred I am on crutches and will be taking a wheelchair. I phone up the Cricket Ground and St Margret's Hospice to enquire if a taxi can drop me closer to the ground and it was a firm NO. If I want to get closer I have to use the park and ride service. Also to avoid being pushed in the crowds of people to turn up late. I am not sure if I am cross or upset that there are no exceptions or flexibility for those with limited mobility!
Unfortunately due to an injury which occurred I am on crutches and will be taking a wheelchair. I phone up the Cricket Ground and St Margret's Hospice to enquire if a taxi can drop me closer to the ground and it was a firm NO. If I want to get closer I have to use the park and ride service. Also to avoid being pushed in the crowds of people to turn up late. I am not sure if I am cross or upset that there are no exceptions or flexibility for those with limited mobility! Pamster
  • Score: -5

8:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

littlerobin says...

Some of us have work to do on Wednesday and need to get through the town. Taunton is closed for business, no wonder it's Bridgwater!s poor relation.
I will battle my way through. No thanks to the incompetent and out of touch local councils for making the lives of those who live (AND WORK!!) here even more of a struggle than it already is.
This is a town in crisis. It's time for a vote of no confidence in the council who are supposed to represent us all.
12 hours of road closures is overkill. This, in addition to all the other chaos they've inflicted on us over recent months shows a total disregard for all who live here.
Some of us have work to do on Wednesday and need to get through the town. Taunton is closed for business, no wonder it's Bridgwater!s poor relation. I will battle my way through. No thanks to the incompetent and out of touch local councils for making the lives of those who live (AND WORK!!) here even more of a struggle than it already is. This is a town in crisis. It's time for a vote of no confidence in the council who are supposed to represent us all. 12 hours of road closures is overkill. This, in addition to all the other chaos they've inflicted on us over recent months shows a total disregard for all who live here. littlerobin
  • Score: 20

8:49am Wed 18 Jun 14

Lord Gothover says...

littlerobin wrote:
Some of us have work to do on Wednesday and need to get through the town. Taunton is closed for business, no wonder it's Bridgwater!s poor relation.
I will battle my way through. No thanks to the incompetent and out of touch local councils for making the lives of those who live (AND WORK!!) here even more of a struggle than it already is.
This is a town in crisis. It's time for a vote of no confidence in the council who are supposed to represent us all.
12 hours of road closures is overkill. This, in addition to all the other chaos they've inflicted on us over recent months shows a total disregard for all who live here.
The traffic chaos and gridlock in Taunton has seriously impacted on some businesses, because customers cannot be bothered to try and access them, to the extent that some of these businesses are now threatened with closure due to poor trading figures for the past several months. In these cases, is there compensation available from the Council or Waterboard, or whosoverer is behind this chaos?. A vote of No Confidence in the Council? - where do we tick the box?.
[quote][p][bold]littlerobin[/bold] wrote: Some of us have work to do on Wednesday and need to get through the town. Taunton is closed for business, no wonder it's Bridgwater!s poor relation. I will battle my way through. No thanks to the incompetent and out of touch local councils for making the lives of those who live (AND WORK!!) here even more of a struggle than it already is. This is a town in crisis. It's time for a vote of no confidence in the council who are supposed to represent us all. 12 hours of road closures is overkill. This, in addition to all the other chaos they've inflicted on us over recent months shows a total disregard for all who live here.[/p][/quote]The traffic chaos and gridlock in Taunton has seriously impacted on some businesses, because customers cannot be bothered to try and access them, to the extent that some of these businesses are now threatened with closure due to poor trading figures for the past several months. In these cases, is there compensation available from the Council or Waterboard, or whosoverer is behind this chaos?. A vote of No Confidence in the Council? - where do we tick the box?. Lord Gothover
  • Score: 12

10:19am Wed 18 Jun 14

Swivel99 says...

Typical of the Local and the County Council to support this event by causing pain to all the businesses in Taunton as if they have not suffered enough already! In response to Lord Gothover, I understand that the compensation claims can be made by businesses and should contact Wessex Water to get further details.
Typical of the Local and the County Council to support this event by causing pain to all the businesses in Taunton as if they have not suffered enough already! In response to Lord Gothover, I understand that the compensation claims can be made by businesses and should contact Wessex Water to get further details. Swivel99
  • Score: 5

3:39pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Young@Heart says...

My point here is that whilst I appreciate the efforts of all to get a big name star into town - how about having an artist or band suitable for a younger demographic....I mean Elton John and Rod Stewart.....hardly something the under 30s are going to get excited about. How about a band for the youth of this town, they have little else by way of interesting things to do in town....
My point here is that whilst I appreciate the efforts of all to get a big name star into town - how about having an artist or band suitable for a younger demographic....I mean Elton John and Rod Stewart.....hardly something the under 30s are going to get excited about. How about a band for the youth of this town, they have little else by way of interesting things to do in town.... Young@Heart
  • Score: 4

9:24pm Wed 18 Jun 14

boliston says...

What a load of miserable killjoys commenting here - people complain about taunton in decline then go on to complain about a bit of inconvenience when rod stuart pays taunton a visit!
What a load of miserable killjoys commenting here - people complain about taunton in decline then go on to complain about a bit of inconvenience when rod stuart pays taunton a visit! boliston
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

This is a brilliant thing for Taunton.>STOP MOANING!!! The pubs have been packed, shops full and a great buzz about the place. I don't like the bloke myself but who cares, loads of others do! It has brought a great feel good spirit about the place. There are people all around the County Ground trying to get a look in. People are confusing their frustration with the Council, Highways and Water Board with this event. This is worth 12 hours of road closures. The months and months of other road closures and traffic chaos is not! The bloke has given his share of the money to the Children's Hospice, brilliant! Well done him and long may this way of donating continue. Well done the people who have planned it.
This is a brilliant thing for Taunton.>STOP MOANING!!! The pubs have been packed, shops full and a great buzz about the place. I don't like the bloke myself but who cares, loads of others do! It has brought a great feel good spirit about the place. There are people all around the County Ground trying to get a look in. People are confusing their frustration with the Council, Highways and Water Board with this event. This is worth 12 hours of road closures. The months and months of other road closures and traffic chaos is not! The bloke has given his share of the money to the Children's Hospice, brilliant! Well done him and long may this way of donating continue. Well done the people who have planned it. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 4

1:05am Thu 19 Jun 14

Pamster says...

Pamster wrote:
Unfortunately due to an injury which occurred I am on crutches and will be taking a wheelchair. I phone up the Cricket Ground and St Margret's Hospice to enquire if a taxi can drop me closer to the ground and it was a firm NO. If I want to get closer I have to use the park and ride service. Also to avoid being pushed in the crowds of people to turn up late. I am not sure if I am cross or upset that there are no exceptions or flexibility for those with limited mobility!
I will take my negativity back. The road was not closed, I was able to access the ground very easily and my personal experience was that it was well organised and a privilege to watch an outstanding artist. Thank you to all those that organised it.
[quote][p][bold]Pamster[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately due to an injury which occurred I am on crutches and will be taking a wheelchair. I phone up the Cricket Ground and St Margret's Hospice to enquire if a taxi can drop me closer to the ground and it was a firm NO. If I want to get closer I have to use the park and ride service. Also to avoid being pushed in the crowds of people to turn up late. I am not sure if I am cross or upset that there are no exceptions or flexibility for those with limited mobility![/p][/quote]I will take my negativity back. The road was not closed, I was able to access the ground very easily and my personal experience was that it was well organised and a privilege to watch an outstanding artist. Thank you to all those that organised it. Pamster
  • Score: 3

1:05am Thu 19 Jun 14

Pamster says...

Pamster wrote:
Unfortunately due to an injury which occurred I am on crutches and will be taking a wheelchair. I phone up the Cricket Ground and St Margret's Hospice to enquire if a taxi can drop me closer to the ground and it was a firm NO. If I want to get closer I have to use the park and ride service. Also to avoid being pushed in the crowds of people to turn up late. I am not sure if I am cross or upset that there are no exceptions or flexibility for those with limited mobility!
I will take my negativity back. The road was not closed, I was able to access the ground very easily and my personal experience was that it was well organised and a privilege to watch an outstanding artist. Thank you to all those that organised it.
[quote][p][bold]Pamster[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately due to an injury which occurred I am on crutches and will be taking a wheelchair. I phone up the Cricket Ground and St Margret's Hospice to enquire if a taxi can drop me closer to the ground and it was a firm NO. If I want to get closer I have to use the park and ride service. Also to avoid being pushed in the crowds of people to turn up late. I am not sure if I am cross or upset that there are no exceptions or flexibility for those with limited mobility![/p][/quote]I will take my negativity back. The road was not closed, I was able to access the ground very easily and my personal experience was that it was well organised and a privilege to watch an outstanding artist. Thank you to all those that organised it. Pamster
  • Score: 0

5:40pm Sun 22 Jun 14

RightToAnOpinion says...

Young@Heart wrote:
My point here is that whilst I appreciate the efforts of all to get a big name star into town - how about having an artist or band suitable for a younger demographic....I mean Elton John and Rod Stewart.....hardly something the under 30s are going to get excited about. How about a band for the youth of this town, they have little else by way of interesting things to do in town....
The town can put up with thousands of 40, 50 and 60yr old fans descending upon it but 20,000 teenagers would require hundreds of extra police and cause most of the shops to close early due to the risks of underage drinking, drugs and god knows what else. Better that the youngster keep to purpose built venues.
[quote][p][bold]Young@Heart[/bold] wrote: My point here is that whilst I appreciate the efforts of all to get a big name star into town - how about having an artist or band suitable for a younger demographic....I mean Elton John and Rod Stewart.....hardly something the under 30s are going to get excited about. How about a band for the youth of this town, they have little else by way of interesting things to do in town....[/p][/quote]The town can put up with thousands of 40, 50 and 60yr old fans descending upon it but 20,000 teenagers would require hundreds of extra police and cause most of the shops to close early due to the risks of underage drinking, drugs and god knows what else. Better that the youngster keep to purpose built venues. RightToAnOpinion
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Young@Heart says...

RightToAnOpinion wrote:
Young@Heart wrote:
My point here is that whilst I appreciate the efforts of all to get a big name star into town - how about having an artist or band suitable for a younger demographic....I mean Elton John and Rod Stewart.....hardly something the under 30s are going to get excited about. How about a band for the youth of this town, they have little else by way of interesting things to do in town....
The town can put up with thousands of 40, 50 and 60yr old fans descending upon it but 20,000 teenagers would require hundreds of extra police and cause most of the shops to close early due to the risks of underage drinking, drugs and god knows what else. Better that the youngster keep to purpose built venues.
What utter rubbish.....what you are saying is that teenagers are more prone to illegal activity than the older generation...what a stereotype...the nearest "purpose built venues" are in Bristol or Exeter and since the train/bus services to these places is limited after 10pm, there is no alternative. You do the youth of Taunton and the surrounding areas a vast dis-service by implying that they would descend on the town like hordes of Vikings raping and pillaging all before them. It strikes me that the older generation with larger disposable incomes are more likely to drink to excess and cause drunken behaviour, public disorder and inconvenience. Perhaps the council should think of providing a purpose built venue in the area, there is plenty of empty land around town.
[quote][p][bold]RightToAnOpinion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Young@Heart[/bold] wrote: My point here is that whilst I appreciate the efforts of all to get a big name star into town - how about having an artist or band suitable for a younger demographic....I mean Elton John and Rod Stewart.....hardly something the under 30s are going to get excited about. How about a band for the youth of this town, they have little else by way of interesting things to do in town....[/p][/quote]The town can put up with thousands of 40, 50 and 60yr old fans descending upon it but 20,000 teenagers would require hundreds of extra police and cause most of the shops to close early due to the risks of underage drinking, drugs and god knows what else. Better that the youngster keep to purpose built venues.[/p][/quote]What utter rubbish.....what you are saying is that teenagers are more prone to illegal activity than the older generation...what a stereotype...the nearest "purpose built venues" are in Bristol or Exeter and since the train/bus services to these places is limited after 10pm, there is no alternative. You do the youth of Taunton and the surrounding areas a vast dis-service by implying that they would descend on the town like hordes of Vikings raping and pillaging all before them. It strikes me that the older generation with larger disposable incomes are more likely to drink to excess and cause drunken behaviour, public disorder and inconvenience. Perhaps the council should think of providing a purpose built venue in the area, there is plenty of empty land around town. Young@Heart
  • Score: 1

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