Work underway to improve Yate roundabout
WORK has started to improve a busy roundabout in Yate near Morrisons and B&Q, at the junction of three main roads – Station Road, Kennedy Way and Westerleigh Road.
There will be a new light-controlled pedestrian crossing on Westerleigh Road and Kennedy Way, the footpath in Home Orchard will be made wider, and signage and road markings will be upgraded.
The aim of the changes is to reduce congestion, help drivers better understand the layout and to improve safety for pedestrians.
Some brief road closures will be needed at weekends but these will take place during the school summer holidays when traffic is quieter. The work is due to be completed by the end of August.
Yate councillor John Gawn, above, who has campaigned for the changes, said: “Tesco had to hand over money to improve roads around the town centre as part of their consent for the new building. I am delighted that at last it is being used to do something we have long wanted. Drivers and pedestrians hate the B&Q roundabout, it is confusing and dangerous. These works will make it safe.”
Money from the work has also come from the developers of the Sea Stores site and Yate Cinema.
Council cabinet member for transport Steve Reade said: “Where residents see growth they must also see this matched with improvements as a result.”