It has been reported that more than £4.7m could be spent on delivering new bus lanes in Taunton over the next 12 months – including from Orchard Grove. Somerset Council has confirmed that the scheme is currently at ‘feasibility phase’ and it will announce exactly what will be implemented once it has been approved.

Somerset Council has indicated that millions of pounds could be spent in the next year to deliver new bus priority lanes, making public transport journeys faster and easier on key routes. Details of the bus lanes were included in the draft bus services improvement plan for 2024-45, published last month.

On the western approach to Taunton, an eastbound bus lane will be constructed on the A38 Wellington Road. This is set to run from the new Orchard Grove park and bus facility for up to 800-metres towards the Tangier area. Also proposed is a bus gate and new traffic signals along Wellington Road.

In addition, 150-metres of road leading to the Taunton mobility hub will become a bus-only route. It is expected that the improvements to the western approach to Taunton will cost almost £2m. The work across the whole town – including new bus lanes, bus gates and traffic signal improvements – will cost close to £5m and will be funded by central government.