A new £7.2 million bypass in Taunton, Somerset has opened this week.
The new ‘Eastern Relief Road’ near to Monkton Heathfield has taken three years to construct and is the first phase of a project aimed at easing congestion in the community, in particular along the A38 in the Monkton Heathfield area, where thousands of new homes are being built.
This will be followed by phase two – the Western Relief Road which will aim to relieve further traffic from the A3259. The new road has been designed and constructed by house builder Persimmon Homes and property firm Redrow.
Simon Perks, managing director for Persimmon Homes said: “This project is an essential resource for the community around this part of Taunton. This has been 10 years of planning working alongside Redrow and it is with great pride that we are able to deliver this road to the people of Taunton Deane. The Eastern Relief Road gives the necessary support to the existing infrastructure and it has allowed for much needed homes to be built in the area. Our focus is now on the pending Western Relief Road which will be a further boost for residents in the new homes at Heathfield Gardens on Hardys Road.”
Councillor David Fothergill, Somerset County Council Member for Highways and Transport said: “We are very pleased to see the new Eastern Relief Road open and hope it has huge benefits in making journeys smoother for road users in the Taunton area.
“We will only really see the benefits when people start using the new road so I’d encourage motorists to try the new route.”
Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, Cllr John Williams, said the opening of the road would not only help ease congestion on the A38 but also unlock key employment land.
He said: “Delivering new infrastructure, such as this road, is vitally important. It is what the community is keen to see. In the case of Monkton Heathfield, the Eastern Relief Road will also open up access to a large employment site so that it can be marketed to bring new investment to the Borough and provide the jobs that go hand in hand with growth.”