Green light for Clarence Street junction

A new junction on Clarence Street to create a second exit from Tesco in Yeovil has been given the green light by the South Somerset Planning Committee.

The Committee considered a planning application from Somerset County Council for the creation of a second exit at the Tesco store to improve the flow of traffic in the town and allow better access for emergency services.

Creating the new exit will reduce the number of cars that have previously had to loop around Horsey roundabout to travel north or east.

It is estimated that every year the new junction will save around one million car miles, about 150,000 litres of fuel and remove 350 tonnes of CO2 because at least one third of traffic will now be travelling north or east directly from the store.

Councillor David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This is a key element of improvements in this area and has had a lot of local support and lobbying from local councillors and the MP.

“I’m delighted that it can now progress and I’m sure it will be welcomed by many.”

The design of the junction is currently being finalised so it is in keeping with planning requirements. Once the design is complete a cost estimate and delivery programme can be finished. Before the work can start agreement will need to be given by Tesco to allow the County Council to build on their land.  A start date for the work is yet to be confirmed.