Yeovil Eastern Corridor upgrade to begin

A major programme to improve transport links along the Eastern Corridor in Yeovil is due to begin on Tuesday (1 September).

The first phase of work will see an upgrade of the Horsey Roundabout, improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists to help prevent unnecessary delays to traffic and increase the capacity of the junction.

The work will include alterations to the roundabout approaches, including changing the Brunswick Street mini-roundabout to a traffic light controlled junction, and relocating the existing pedestrian crossing on Hendford Hill.

In order to carry out the work safely and as quickly as possible, it will be necessary to close the roads at Hendford Hill, Brunswick Street and Hendford from 1 September until 30 November. Signed diversions will be in place and the traffic management and working methods will be reviewed to keep disruption to a minimum.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The upgrade of the Horsey Roundabout is an important milestone as it represents the start of a whole package of improvements to road links in and around Yeovil, covering both the Eastern and Western Corridors.

“Any improvements to the road network unfortunately involve a degree of temporary disruption, and I apologise for any inconvenience, but please remember this work represents a major investment in the town.

“When combined with the other improvements these should really help to improve traffic flow in the future, helping support Yeovil’s economic growth and increasing the capacity of the roads to support new development.”