Yeovil Town supporters travelling to home games from the east side of the town, or heading to away fixtures that make use of the A303 should be aware of major roadworks over the next five weeks. This will also affect away supporters, most notably Tuesday night's visitors Colchester United, and those visiting Huish Park from Milton Keynes Dons at the end of this month. Next weekend's trip to Charlton Athletic will also affect Glovers fans travelling to The Valley.
In a nutshell, the A303 Trunk Road closes to all traffic both ways, at 00:01hrs on Monday 15th February 2010 (i.e. overnight tonight). The closure is scheduled to last five weeks. It will be closed to all traffic between Willoughby Hedge and the Mere Dual Carriageway for the duration, although with diversions planned for both Westbound and Eastbound through traffic, the net effect of the closure will be to disrupt A303 traffic between the Podimore Roundabout and the Deptford Interchange on the Wylye Bypass.
The Highways Agency indicate that the following official diversionary routes will be in place:
* All Eastbound A303 traffic is to use the A37/A361/A36 with the exception of high loads.
* All Eastbound A303 High load traffic (e.g. coaches) is to use A359/A371/A361/A36.
* All westbound traffic is to use A350/B3081 through Gillingham.
If you live in one of the villages or towns around the area of diversion, you may wish to choose your own personal route into Yeovil, although bear in mind that from Willoughby Hedge to west of Mere you won't get any access onto the A303. The Highways Agency map to the right hopefully gives a better idea as to what options are available. As always, allow plenty of additional time, as Shepton Mallet, Frome, Shaftesbury and Gillingham are likely to clog up badly as a result. The Eastbound route is a significant one that is claimed to add on an additional 12.5 miles, although this will be against far more minor congested roads.
For those who baulk at the size of the Eastbound diversion, another unofficial alternative is to take the A30 out of Yeovil towards Sherborne up as far as Shaftesbury and to then join the A350 which then links up with the A303. We suspect the Highways Agency do not suggest this as an option due to it possibly causing problems where it meets the Westbound diversion route. However, for those wanting to get from Yeovil onto the Eastbound A303 it may be a worthwhile alternative.
If all goes to plan, the A303 is scheduled to re-open on Monday 22nd March, but of course this is subject to weather and project related issues.
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