New junction on way to improve traffic flow in Yeovil

Work to install a new junction on Clarence Street and create a second exit from Tesco in Yeovil will start next week.

The scheme by Somerset County Council will improve traffic flows in the town by reducing the number of cars that have previously had to loop around Horsey roundabout to travel north or east.

By significantly reducing the number of vehicle miles travelled in the town centre, it will also save local people money in fuel costs and improve air quality through reduced CO2 emissions.

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council said: “This scheme has been requested by the local community and we’re very pleased to have been able to work with them, the district council and Tesco to make it happen.

“Providing a second exit will put an end to many needless loops around the Horsey Roundabout. This will be better for traffic flow, better for the environment and will save drivers both time and money.

“We’re committed to investing in Yeovil to support the town’s continued growth and this work will make a real difference to local people on a daily basis.”

A spokesman for South Somerset District Council added: “A second exit from Tesco has long been on the lips of many of those who use its car park or frequent the town centre.

“We are delighted that this scheme will now commence, creating less traffic flow heading down towards Horsey roundabout which will make it more attractive and easier for residents and visitors to use the town centre.”

Work is due to start on Monday 5 June and take around four weeks. The majority of work will take place off the highway with little impact on traffic, although at times there will be reduced carriageway widths in Clarence Street to enable works to be constructed safely.

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