Business case submitted for £12.2m road scheme

A £12.2 million scheme to improve traffic flow and provide better footpaths and cycling routes in Yeovil has passed another key milestone.

Somerset County Council submitted an outline transport business case to the Local Transport Board to secure funding for highway improvements in the town.

The Western Corridor scheme is designed to increase the capacity of key junctions and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists on Western Avenue, Bunford Lane, and the A3088 between Copse Road and Watercombe Lane.

The upgrade will also support the delivery of planned housing and employment land nearby.

Members of the public will have chance to see the plans for themselves next month at South Somerset District Council’s Offices on Brympton Way and Petters Way in Yeovil between 12 and 16 May 2014.

On Monday 12 May and Wednesday 14 May a drop-in Public Exhibition is also being held between 2pm and 7.30pm at Abbey Community Centre, The Forum, Abbey Manor Park (off Stourton Way).

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The Yeovil Western Corridor will help support economic growth, ease congestion and provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. This submission of the outline business plan is a key milestone in the process and with plenty of hard work to follow I’m confident we can make this scheme a reality.”