SOMERSET Council has announce that SWH (Taylor Woodrow) Ltd will be the new contractor for Yeovil’s Active Travel projects.

These projects are a key part of the town’s regeneration plan, known as the Yeovil Refresh, and aim to improve the town’s transportation network.

The focus will be on Yeovil’s main streets, enhancing access and connectivity for everyone, whether by car, bike, or on foot. The improvements will make it easier and safer to walk, cycle, or use a wheelchair in the town centre.

New infrastructure will be built in areas like Hendford, South Western Terrace, Central Road, and Middle Street.

These upgrades will connect to existing routes on the southern edge of the town centre. The project is funded by external grants and represents a £1.2 million investment in Yeovil’s future.

Cllr Richard Wilkins, lead member for transport and digital, said: “This is an exciting next phase in the regeneration of Yeovil. By improving the road network, extending cycle and walkways and introducing new wayfinding systems, our aim is to open up access to green spaces – ultimately creating a sustainable and fit for purpose 21st century town.

“Key to the design has been the prevention of loss or damage to trees along the southern part of scheme, in addition to the retainment of a London Plane located at the junction of Hendford Grove and Hendford.”

Toby Lander, operations manager for South West Highways (SWH), added: “We are pleased and grateful to be continuing our partnership with Somerset Council by working on this exciting next phase of Yeovil’s regeneration.”

“After completing works on Westminster Street, High Street and the Borough and with our works on Middle Street and Wyndham Street nearing an end, we are looking forward to maintaining our relationship with Somerset Council on the Hendford project.”

“As always, we would like to thank all local businesses and residents for their patience during these works.”

The programme of works started in May and is due to complete in October/November.

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