Start date confirmed for Yeovil roundabout roadworks

Barratt Homes has confirmed that a major scheme to upgrade a key junction in Yeovil will start next week (w/b 19 September).

The mini-roundabout at the junction of Sherborne Road and Lyde Road will be replaced by a new traffic light controlled junction. This is required as part of a legal agreement linked to the construction of new homes at Wyndham Park which were originally approved by South Somerset District Council back in 2006.

Barratt Homes and its principal contractor Tithegrove have been working closely with Somerset County Council to finalise the details of the scheme.

The initial stages of work will not require any traffic management and include the removal and rebuilding of the existing stone wall next to the footpath on Sherborne Road. This is programmed for completion before Christmas.

The second phase will take place in January, after the busy Christmas shopping period, and will require the use of temporary traffic lights and the closure of Lyde Road. Further details of this will be provided nearer the time once they are finalised.

Barratt Homes, Tithegrove and Somerset County Council will liaise with the local community to keep disruption to a minimum.

Scott Gill, technical manager at Barratt Homes, said: “We appreciate there will inevitably be some level of disruption in the new year when the second and third phases of these necessary works take place. However, the short term disruption will allow us to make long-term improvements and we’ll be working closely with the highway authority to ensure residents and businesses are aware of any closures.”

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “As the highway authority, we do not approve development but we do have an important role to play in making sure the required improvements to the local road network are carried out. It’s good news that Yeovil is vibrant and growing, but we need to make sure it has the infrastructure to go with that growth to keep traffic moving.

“Although most of this development was completed some time ago, the upgrade to this roundabout was not. So I’m pleased we finally have a start date for work which was deemed necessary as part of the planning process.”

Permission for a development at Wyndham Park was granted by South Somerset District Council in 2006 and an agreement to upgrade the mini-roundabout to mitigate against the expected increase in traffic was signed in 2008. This was then revised in 2012 and again in 2015.