A £14 million programme of works to improve roads across Yeovil is now well underway.
Work to upgrade the Horsey Roundabout started on Tuesday (1 September) and is the first step of two major schemes to improve transport links along the Eastern and Western Corridors of the town.
Highways staff have been monitoring the impact of road closures, adjusting traffic signals along Reckleford and Lysander Road and revising diversion signs to keep congestion to a minimum.
As well as increasing the capacity of major junctions and improving traffic flow, the two schemes are essential to support Yeovil’s economic growth and are necessary to allow major developments to go ahead, including:
- More than 2,000 new homes at sites in Brimsmore, Lufton and Lyde Road
- More than 20ha of employment land at Lufton and Bunford Park
- Redevelopment of the town centre including the cattle market
The improvements should reduce projected future peak journey times by 23% (West Coker Road to Thorne Lane) and 16% (Horsey Roundabout to Lyde Road) – compared to what they would be with the developments in place but without the improvements.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’re investing a huge amount of money in Yeovil to upgrade the road system, but unfortunately there’s no way to do this without causing some short term disruption.
“So all I can do is apologise for any inconvenience and try to provide a bit of reassurance that we all share the same goals here – we all want the very best for Yeovil.”
The upgrade of the Horsey Roundabout requires the closure of Brunswick Street, Hendford and Hendford Hill in order to allow the work to be carried out safely and as quickly as possible.
Cllr Fothergill added: “Yeovil has some great shops and businesses, and the town remains very much open for business. The roads will remain busier than usual while work continues so please do allow a little longer for your journeys and avoid peak times if you can.
“I’d like to thank drivers in Yeovil for their patience since work began. We know there were initially a few issues but we’ve had someone monitoring the traffic and manually adjusting traffic signals to keep traffic moving, and thankfully the situation appears to have been much better since.”