|Somerset Council is providing free shuttle bus services and a range of other support measures for communities during a major road repair scheme on the A30 in West Coker near Yeovil.
Ahead of works commencing on 21 July, the Council is also running a public drop-in event with West Coker Parish Council on Wednesday 12 July in the Village Hall at Churlands Close, to cover both the A30 works and the indefinite closure of nearby Chinnock Hollow.
Residents and businesses will be able to meet officers ask questions as well as discussing any concerns they have.
Somerset Council’s Highways teams will be resurfacing 7,000 sqm of West Coker’s High Street and replacing ageing traffic signals on a narrow section of the road between 21 July and 4 September in what is a significant investment in the local network. A full closure will need to be in place throughout the works and to reduce the impact on the local community Somerset Council is putting together a package of measures which include:
A Somerset Council spokesperson said: “These works in West Coker are long over-due and have been welcomed by the community and local members.
“The traffic lights are being replaced as part of our £16.6 million signals refurbishment programme and we are carrying out the resurfacing works at the same time to avoid further future disruption.
“We’ve tried to minimise the impact by carrying out the work during the summer holidays when traffic on the A30 is reduced by 50 per cent.
“But we do understand this will still cause disruption, especially to bus services.
“That’s why we have put together a comprehensive shuttle bus service to link communities and maintain those vital transport links between local towns and villages while the works are underway.
“We understand the concerns people may have about the A30 works and about the recent confirmation that the road through Chinnock Hollow cannot reopen, so we would urge people to attend our drop-in event in West Coker on 12 July.”
Details on the diversion route for the A30 are available on Roads, travel and parking (somerset.gov.uk)
If you spot a problem on the road you can report it quickly and easily by visiting www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/report-a-problem-on-the-road/
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