Yeovil Western Corridor drop-in centre open every Tuesday

Anyone with a question about a major road improvement scheme in Yeovil can now meet with the contractor at a weekly drop-in centre.

The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also support the delivery of more than 1,500 homes and 20 hectares of employment land nearby.

The scheme is being delivered by contractor Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd who have now set up a Project Information Centre (PIC) at Palmers Garden Centre. This will be open every Tuesday between 1.30pm and 5.30pm, except for Boxing Day.

Rosemarie Harrod (Alun Griffiths Public Liaison Officer), Stephen Rogers (Alun Griffiths Project Manager), Sally Safesteps (Alun Griffiths H&S Mascot), Sam Evers and Richard Needs (both Somerset County Council) at the new Project Information Centre at Palmers Garden Centre in Yeovil

Public Liaison Officer Rosemarie Harrod will be on hand to answer any questions and the public will also be able to view the scheme drawings and receive up to date information on progress.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’re committed to keeping people up to date with progress as this very important project develops. Therefore, we’re pleased to see the opening of a permanent Project Information Centre near to where the roadworks are happening. We’ll continue to provide regular updates but if anyone has a question then please pop along and have a chat with the contractor.”

The majority of work so far has taken place off the carriageway to minimise traffic disruption on the main routes into Yeovil during the run-up to Christmas.

Works continue on the cycleway off Stourton Way and some of the islands have been removed on the Bluebell Roundabout. In January, there will be further work on the Bluebell Roundabout which will have some impact on pedestrian routes through the junction. There will also be temporary lights on Watercombe Lane from 3-5 January to install services to the site depot.

Throughout the construction period, the aim is to minimise traffic disruption as much as possible. This means Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will widen the road first and form temporary lanes to direct traffic through the site – temporary traffic lights will only be used when there is no other option.

You can stay up to date with progress by visiting https://community.alungriffiths.co.uk/projects-in-your-area/yeovil-western-corridor-improvement-scheme/ or follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter. More information on the background to the scheme can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/westerncorridor.