Somerset County Council

Northern Inner Distributor Road


The Northern Inner Distributor Road (NIDR), is a new road which links Staplegrove Road in the west to Priory Avenue in the east

You can find the latest news on the NIDR on our newsroom.

The estimated cost of the scheme is £21 million and was grant funded by the Department for Transport, together with contributions from Somerset County Council, and adjacent relevant developers.

The NIDR provides an additional east - west link, reducing congestion along Greenway Road, Priorswood Road, and the Rowbarton areas. It also provides access to brown field development sites at Taunton West Goods Yard, Taunton East Goods Yard and the Firepool Area.

The Scheme involved:

  • Construction of a new bridge over the River Tone and the canal in the vicinity of Priory Fields Business Park
  • Replacement of the former rail bridge over Station Road to the north of Whitehall
  • Replacement of existing foot bridge over the railway at Chip Lane
  • Construction of approximately 1.6 km of new carriageway together with the realignment of a further 150 metres of carriageway
  • Construction of a new junction at the Chip Lane / Staplegrove Road junction
  • Improvements to the existing Priory Bridge Road / Priory Avenue / Priory Park junction
  • The provision of pedestrian and cycle facilities


Contact: Major Schemes 
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY 
Phone 0300 123 2224 
Fax 01823 358064 

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