CONTRACTORS who carried out a major road resurfacing scheme this week in Wellington and Rockwell Green have been praised for their work.

Mantle Street and Hilly Head were closed to daytime traffic while the work was carried out between Friday (August 18) and Thursday (August 24).

The project was essentially completed on schedule in the early evening of Thursday after the contractors laid and rolled the final 240 tonnes of surface material.

They were left with minor tasks and some line painting to finish in the evening under mobile traffic management.

Somerset Council assistant highway service manager Gwyn Hughes said access had been maintained on Thursday to Wellington Medical Centre and a route kept open for pupils, parents, and staff to reach Court Fields School for GCSE results day.

A smooth new road surface in Mantle Street, Wellington.
A smooth new road surface in Mantle Street, Wellington. (Somerset Council)

Town Cllr John Thorne said the job seemed to have been well done and the work was welcome after the road surface had badly deteriorated in the past two years.

Cllr Thorne said: “I know a lot of people have grumbled about the inconvenience of having to divert via the relief road and some decided to use Burchills Hill which caused a few problems with the amount of traffic trying to get through.

“But I do not think we can fault the contractors or Somerset Council on this one.

"Clearly, they have thought this one through and made sure that they understood the issues which would be caused in Wellington and Rockwell Green before they took it on.

“They have got on with the job and kept on schedule and gone out of their way to help the locals with access to the GP surgery and the petrol station and other businesses as much as possible.

“And for a change Somerset Council has liaised regularly with the town council from even before they started right through to the end and kept us fully informed.

“Credit where credit is due, it is all round a job well done.”