Next phase of Yeovil Western Corridor upgrade to begin

Drivers are advised of a change to temporary traffic management in Yeovil next week as the Western Corridor upgrade moves onto the next phase.

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.

Contractor Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd is currently building a new cycleway and retaining wall along Lufton Way and Western Avenue.

The latest phase, which includes a temporary closure of Lufton Way eastbound, is due to finish overnight on Sunday, earlier than originally planned.

From Monday onwards, Lufton Way will reopen and Western Avenue will be closed southbound between the Houndstone and Preston Road (Asda) Roundabouts, with traffic diverted along Lufton Way via Copse Road with advanced signage. A temporary 20mph speed limit will also be put in place on Stourton Way.

This change will take place overnight on Sunday, with the new arrangements in place for Monday morning.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It’s great to see this scheme making progress but it does mean another temporary change in traffic management to get used to.

“Please be aware and allow a bit of extra time next week until people adjust to the new system.”

Meanwhile, work continues at other locations along the Western Corridor with additional traffic management and lane closures in place during the school holidays when traffic flows are lighter.

Further updates will follow. You can read the latest Yeovil Western Corridor newsletters at https://community.alungriffiths.co.uk/projects-in-your-area/yeovil-western-corridor-improvement-scheme/ or follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter for updates. More information on the background to the scheme can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/westerncorridor.

  • The Western Corridor scheme is expected to cost approximately £14.5m with £6.49m provided by the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Deal fund, approximately £5m from developer contributions through signed Section 106 agreements and approximately £3m from Somerset County Council’s Capital Fund.