The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of
improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of
key junctions and upgrade facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
on Western Avenue, Bunford Lane and the A3088 between Copse Road
and Watercombe Lane.
It will also support the delivery of planned housing and
employment land nearby.
The overall scheme is currently out to tender and work will
begin in the summer once a contractor is appointed. However, this
week sees the start of important preliminary work.
Teams will be on site alongside the A3088 between Westlands
Roundabout and Lysander Road roundabout from Thursday to begin
clearing the site so a large water main can be diverted. This
shouldn't have a significant impact on traffic flow but it will be
necessary to occasionally use 'stop and go' boards for short
periods while workers are close to the road.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member
for Highways, said: "The clearance work is fairly minor but it
represents a huge step forward in this important scheme.
"We know roads and transport are a key topic for many living and
working in and around Yeovil and we have worked hard to secure
funding from Government for this upgrade.
"This is a significant investment which will help support new
development on the western side of town, unlocking land for new
homes, creating jobs and boosting the local economy. It should also
ease congestion and provide better facilities for pedestrians and
The Western Corridor scheme is being funded by developer
contributions and a £6.4 million grant successfully secured from
the Local Enterprise Partnership local growth fund, with the
remainder of scheme costs being funded by Somerset County
You can stay up to date with current and future roadworks as
well as checking for live travel incidents at www.travelsomerset.co.uk
or by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter.
Date issued: Tuesday 14 February 2017