Yeovil Western Corridor

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Yeovil Western Corridor

Yeovil Western Corridor

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From Monday 20 November, Wessex Water will be carrying out water main diversion work at the Lysander Road roundabout. Lane closures will be required on the approach.

From Monday 27 November, this work will also require lane narrowing on the approach to the Westlands Roundabout.

Also from Monday 27 November, BT will be carrying out works on the south side of the Preston Road roundabout next to Asda. This will require lane narrowing. The footway will be kept open.

It is hoped to carry out these utility works without the use of temporary traffic lights.

Somerset County Council is upgrading several roundabouts and junctions along the western side of Yeovil. This page explains more about the scheme and what the work will involve.

Introduction

The Yeovil Western Corridor scheme is the name given to a package of improvements to transport links along the western side of the town.

The scheme has been developed over a number of years to accommodate planned growth in the area and includes upgrades to several junctions and roundabouts.

These include the Lysander Road roundabout, Westlands Roundabout, Bluebell Roundabout, Preston Road roundabout and Copse Road junction, as well as improved links for pedestrians and cyclists across the area.

You can read more about the background and see the plans on the Somerset County Council Yeovil Western Corridor page

The aim of the Yeovil Western Corridor scheme is to reduce congestion, improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and support the economy of Yeovil – aims that will benefit the whole community. Yeovil is a growing town with 1,547 dwellings proposed for residential developments at Brimsmore (830) and Lufton (717), in addition to a 16 hectare employment site at Bunford Park and a 4.5 hectare employment site at Lufton. It has been identified that the existing transport network would not be able to accommodate this growth without significant increases in journey times and delays.

The modelling done on this scheme (and other improvements already completed on the Eastern Corridor) takes into account the expected increase in traffic if all the planned development goes ahead. It estimates that once all the improvements are complete, journeys will be 23% faster across the Western side of town and 16% faster across the Eastern side of town compared with how they would be without the improvements. It does not mean an immediate end to all congestion, but it will be an improvement compared with doing nothing. As the highway authority, we’re committed to improving our roads to the best possible standards we can with the resources we have available. This means applying for external funding where available and making sure developers fulfil their legal obligations to mitigate against the impact of their developments.

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

The business case for the scheme shows it represents very good value for money with every £1 spent generating £12.50 of savings in journey times for road users, reduced accidents and easier access by bike and on foot.

The work is being carried out by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd. Griffiths is a leading regional civil engineering and construction contractor with a track record stretching back almost 50 years. They construct new roads, bridges and railways as well as maintaining existing assets for both public and private clients.

Griffiths are not new to working in the South West having successfully delivered recent projects in neighbouring Devon at the Portmore Roundabout, Barnstaple, and Westaway Junction, Barnstaple. Griffiths are also currently creating a new junction on the A361 at Tiverton and are in the process of completing a major infrastructure project in North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire for Metrobus and a Quayside environment project in Bath for Bath and North-East Somerset Council.

A public consultation event was held in Yeovil in May 2014 and since then there has been extensive consultation with Elected Members from both Somerset County Council and South Somerset District Council. This is in addition to the public consultation carried out by the Local Transport Board (LTB) when the scheme was submitted for funding.

Now the scheme is underway there will be regular contact with the community, including public drop-in events and letters to residents and businesses.

A dedicated Public Liaison Officer (PLO) has been appointed by the contractor for the project who will maintain and develop a community website, as well as using social media to inform of future work, progress and traffic management. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page will be developed and displayed on the website.

An initial newsletter will be delivered to thousands of homes and businesses near the works area and noticeboards at key locations will be used to provide updates.

Two pre-construction drop-in sessions have also been arranged so the public can meet some of the construction team and view drawings of the relevant work areas.

For Residents – Monday 6 November between 3pm and 7pm at The Parish Room, Abbey Community Centre, Abbey Manor Park.

For Businesses – Wednesday 8 November between 3pm and 7pm at the conference suite (first floor of the main stand) at Yeovil Town Football Club.

A suitable venue is being sought near the works area for a weekly surgery that will allow residents to come and again view plans and discuss issues with the PLO. This will be advertised when details are confirmed.

Minor works to divert services and clear the site have already taken place and scheme mobilisation is due to start in October 2017. Most of the early work will take place off the carriageway with minimal impact on traffic flows.

The construction programme is expected to take approximately 18 months

The 18-month programme will be split into various phased stages to minimise the disruption to traffic, residents and businesses. During the course of the project, weekly and monthly updates of progress and upcoming works will be highlighted on the Community website and through local notice boards at key locations within the parish community, along with drop in sessions and other media sources.

While the works are planned in the following areas, some flexibility is always required in case works areas need to change to maintain momentum and avoid undue delays.

The first step will be to set up a compound site in the field area off Lysander Road Roundabout. This will be followed by trial hole investigation works on the highway verge and offline works on the cycleway extension at Stourton Way. These works will not impede traffic flows and there will be minimal disruption on the main routes in Yeovil in the run-up to Christmas.

Further updates will be issued as work progresses, particularly as works locations change or when new phases are due to begin.

Details of the programme and commencement of each section will be displayed at the drop-ins, community website, weekly surgeries and newsletters and noticeboards. Efforts will also be made to use the internet and social media to keep people informed.

The project will be registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) which aims to improve the image of the construction industry. Construction sites voluntarily register with the scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. The contractor’s performance will be monitored and scored by an independent assessor against this Code to identify good practice and areas for improvement.

Griffiths has recently won National Silver and Bronze Awards for sites in the Metrobus project in Bristol.
You can find more information on the CCS here

Somerset County Council is responsible for co-ordinating roadworks in Somerset. This can be challenging, particularly in growing urban areas like Yeovil where huge amounts of development are taking place. Every new development requires access, power, heating, water, sewerage, phones, broadband etc, and this means many sets of roadworks. In addition to this are highway improvement schemes linked to development, such as the recent upgrade of the Lyde Road/Sherborne Road junction.
We also have to repair and maintain our highways – essential work such as resurfacing, or the recent drainage scheme on Sherborne Road. There is also demand from utility firms to maintain and upgrade their services under the road. This can be planned or emergency works, such as burst pipes or gas leaks. In summary, there is huge demand on the road network in Yeovil. We do our best to co-ordinate all the work, such as rearranging work or using innovative techniques to speed it up but some disruption is unavoidable.

There is no statutory provision for compensation from the highway authority if a business is affected by roadworks. We understand roadworks are disruptive and take all reasonable steps to minimise this, meeting national standards and conforming to current codes of practice. We will also ensure the contractor maintains safe access for local businesses at all times and encourage people to continue using businesses in the area.

Stay up to date

Check the latest on the roads by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter, or check out the live travel information on this website.

You can find details of the programme here

A dedicated email address Yeovil@alungriffiths.co.uk has been created if you wish to contact the contractor. This will be monitored by Public Liaison Officer Jim Aitken who can also be contacted on 0330 041 2184.

You can also follow the contractor on Twitter @AlunGriffiths_