Yeovil Western Corridor junctions completed

Huge progress continues to be made on the Yeovil Western Corridor road improvement scheme with all six new signal-controlled junctions completed as programmed.

As is normal with any major construction project, there will now follow a short period for minor finishing works and snagging.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “It is fantastic news that all the improved junctions along the Western Corridor are now operational and our contractor hit the planned completion date.

“We’ll continue to have a presence on site until all the finishing touches are in place, but I would like to thank the Yeovil community and travelling public for bearing with us whilst these essential improvements were completed.”

The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements to increase the capacity of several junctions – including the Westlands, Bluebell, Preston Road, Asda, Lysander Road and Copse Road junctions.

It aims to reduce congestion, accommodate projected increases in traffic and will unlock more than 1,500 homes and 20 hectares of employment land nearby. The scheme also includes several pedestrian crossings and upgraded links for pedestrians and cyclists.

A formal completion ceremony to mark the end of the scheme will take place later this month.

More information on the background to the scheme can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/westerncorridor.

Funding

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.

The Heart of the South West LEP’s total Growth Deal is worth over £590m; including £239m from Government and £351m match funding. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal: 2015 – 2021; HotSW LEP estimates the investment will create up to 26,930 new jobs and 18,242 new homes; over 59,000 people will be trained under this programme and over 30,000 businesses will have been supported.

“Local Growth Fund”

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Some additional key facts:

  • There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
  • The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
  • LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.