A stretch of the main Crewkerne to Chard road at St Rayn Hill will be closed on weekdays from Friday August 7th, from 08:30 hrs – 16:30 hrs, for the removal of ash dieback trees. The works are being carried out by Arboricare Ltd, contracted by Somerset Highways and are expected to be operative from tomorrow until August 24th.
In a statement from Somerset County Council, the emergency order, ttro386176 reads: “The restrictions may not be effected for the whole of the period but it is anticipated that the roads will be restricted as and when traffic signs are in position and only to execute the works for a period not exceeding twenty-one days.”
The temporary prohibition of use by vehicles of 659 metres of the A30, equivalent to between a quarter to half mile, at St Rayn Hill, is for safety reasons, to prevent harm to persons or property from diseased trees falling on the highways. Diversions will be in place while the work is being carried out, with an alternative route signed on site. Motorists who normally use, or plan to use the A30 as a main route between Yeovil and Chard, during weekday working hours, are being advised to travel along the A303, Ilminster bypass instead.