A MAJOR resurfacing scheme on a busy West Somerset route has been brought forward to take advantage of the quieter roads during lockdown.

The roadworks in the heart of Williton would have caused significant disruption under normal conditions, but Somerset County Council hope any inconvenience will be kept to a minimum by undertaking the works early.

Essential resurfacing work will now take place on the A39 Long Street in Williton on Monday, May 18 for five days.

Then on Tuesday, May 26, resurfacing works will then begin on the A358 High Street in Williton and continue over three days.

Both road closures will be in place from 7.30am to 5pm and during these hours an alternative route will be clearly signposted.

Councillor John Woodman, SCC cabinet member for highways, said: “It’s great news that we are able to take advantage of the quieter roads in Somerset by bringing forward these two important resurfacing schemes in Williton.

“A road closure is the only option for these works, but with lower levels of traffic it means there will be far less disruption for road users.

"However, as with any road closure, we would always encourage people to plan ahead.”