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A scheme of projects to support and improve all modes of transport into and out of Yeovil town.

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The main aim of our transport projects are to support the Yeovil Refresh programme and to make sure that all modes of transport can be used in accessing the town centre.

​In the centre itself, we are aiming to produce a space that is shared but is dominated by pedestrians rather than vehicles. We aim to reduce the conflict between people and vehicles, improving the environment and making it easier to move around the central area. This should create an accessible, less cluttered area which all residents can use safely, improving air quality and ensuring that Yeovil is a town centre fit for the 21st century.

We have produced an Access Strategy that aims to:

  • Enable excellent access to retail, leisure and business opportunities
  • Supports the delivery of strategic development sites
  • Supports the Local Plan aspirations for low carbon travel.​

The plan we are moving forward with has several packages, which together make up the whole transport projects element of the overall programme. Full details of the projects can be found below.

Pedestrian and Cycling

A Local Cycling and ​Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) has been created for Yeovil which is detailed at Yeovil Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

This complemented the Access Strategy work referred to above, which looked at all modes of transport in and around Yeovil.  The LCWIP assessed cycling, walking and wheeling routes across Yeovil, focussing on those which will pass through and around the town centre.  The aim of updating and building new routes is to create additional access to retail, leisure and businesses in the area.

A key priority is to ensure that the LCWIP delivers low carbon travel options for residents, businesses and visitors to Yeovil. It is anticipated that once works are completed and schemed implemented, opportunities to walk or cycle into the town centre will be more attractive, reducing the need for short trips by car.

An initial package of works will focus on the town centre, with the aim of improving connectivity into the core of the town. A number of potential routes have been identified to achieve this and development work to design these routes is outlined in the LCWIP .

Improved way-finding signage also forms part of this phase of the project. Improving signage into the town centre will enhance the experience of those travelling by walking or cycling, allowing for better knowledge of routes and key focal points in the town centre and beyond.

A review of car parking in the town centre also forms a central piece of this project. Reviewing parking, in terms of space requirements, allows us to make informed decisions about usage and therefore whether car parks can be improved or changed to another use.

We are well aware that car park usage in Yeovil town centre has been declining for many years, with shopping habits changing and the mix of retail and leisure declining in the area.  Habits have also changed post-pandemic, influenced by a range of issues. This potentially gives us options to re-develop space that is no longer required, and a number of options will be explored as the situation evolves.

Find more information about the Pedestrian and Cycling Schemes

Highways network

We initially reviewed conditions in Yeovil town centre, including traffic circulation, bus routing, pedestrian infrastructure and traffic flows. The aim of this work was to understand fully the connections between all the highways networks and how the transport network was operating.

This work highlighted that Yeovil town centre has a complex network of streets and corridors of movement. It also highlights that the A30 Queensway / Reckleford is a significant barrier to movement between some of the residential areas north and west of the town centre.

Bus routing is also considered in the report. The vast majority of buses that visit the town centre enter The Borough in the town centre and usage is very high (pre-Covid), with approximately 20 bus route numbers using the stop at The Borough with varying frequencies. Pedestrian usage is also very high in this area. The report also looked at the outdated bus station which is in need of replacement to better suit its role as a major entry point to the town.

Updated technical work and consultation on bus stop locations has been delivered with bus stops being retained in The Borough.

Lastly, we looked at Pedestrian and cycle routes, which informed the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. Pedestrian and cycle routes to the town centre involve convoluted crossings or unappealing subways and are dominated by car traffic.

There are many opportunities to address some of these issues, and we will continue to look at how we can make improvements to the highways network which will enable better access to the town centre.

Work under this project will be delivered in phases and we believe will deliver significant benefits to movement into and around the town centre. We have also looked at how we can link up with Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction railway stations.

Public transport schemes

Much of the work detailed above will address some of the planned public transport schemes, however we are also working on other schemes in the town to improve access. For example, we have recently introduced an e-scooter trial in Yeovil which ultimately aims to replace short car trips with other more environmentally friendly alternatives.

With the declaration of a climate emergency, there is an urgent need for solutions that will directly reduce unnecessary car usage in order to lower carbon emissions, reduce air pollution and congestion and improve health and wellbeing.

This scheme is being run under the official e-scooter trials initiative, authorised by the Department for Transport. It allows the Department for Transport to review how authorised rental e-scooters are used in a controlled and monitored environment.

You can find out more about the e-scooter trial in Yeovil on our Transport page.

Last reviewed: January 16, 2024 by Adam

Next review due: July 16, 2024

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