Major work to improve the Hospital Roundabout in Yeovil is progressing well and moving into the next phase of development.
The work will see dedicated left turn lanes installed on the Queensway, Kingston and Reckleford approaches. The width of the carriageway through the roundabout will also be reduced to two lanes to help improve safety and prevent unnecessary delays to traffic.
Work began on 1 February and has progressed well with site clearance and kerbing now complete to the central islands on the approaches. Phase two will see work on the nearside lanes and slip roads along Queensway, Kingston and Reckleford.
Efforts have been made to keep all the major roads open at all times, although it will be necessary to close some lanes to allow the work to be carried out safely. Phase two will see the carriageway around the roundabout reduced from two lanes to one, which is likely to increase congestion in the area.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “These improvements are vital for Yeovil’s future and I’m pleased to hear that work is progressing well.
“Unfortunately this next phase is likely to be more disruptive, so please bear this in mind and allow extra time if travelling in the area over the next few weeks.”
The Hospital Roundabout scheme is one part of a £14 million programme of works by Somerset County Council to improve roads along the Eastern and Western Corridors of the town.
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.
- Please note: Other road improvements are planned in future to the junction of Lyde Road and Sherborne Road. This is a developer-led scheme and has been on our forward programme for some time. In the absence of any confirmed start dates from the developer, the go ahead was given for the other schemes. When we receive confirmation from the developer of their intentions we will carefully consider the availability of road space on the network and advise them accordingly to keep any disruption to the travelling public to a minimum.