Reckleford - Eastern Gateway

The demolition of the Cooker King Building was one of the first tasks to be completed, which was required to create space for the road widening. If you missed the Public Information Event on September 2nd. You can still see the the latest highway plans here.

Recklford plan Reckleford Highway Plans September 2009

Reckleford is a highway improvement scheme, which offers substantial long-term regeneration benefits.

The old road system required incoming traffic from the A30 Sherborne Road to enter the Town Centre before it can rejoin the main Reckleford highway.  This created a “bottleneck” and diverted a high volume of traffic needlessly through what is in essence an historic part of the Town.

The project has enabled through traffic from the A30 Sherborne Road to continue directly along the Reckleford highway without the need to enter the Eastern End of Yeovil Town Centre.

The project forms part of the Eastern Corridor Road Study prepared by Somerset County Council.

This Study highlights the need to improve traffic flow through Yeovil and by doing so release development potential and enhanced public realm.

Recklford plan View Reckleford Plan

Recklford planReckleford Highway Improvements - Final Designs

The benefits have included:

  • removal of road traffic from the Town Centre
  • improvements to the public realm
  • enhanced pedestrian links
  • occupation of current vacant retail units in Wyndham Street and Sherborne Road
  • opportunities for future street parking, which will help retail occupiers
  • encouragement of private sector Investment into the “East End” of Yeovil.

Reckleford Public Realm Project

Sitting alongside the road improvements to this area, was a scheme to enhance the green spaces of Reckleford, to create a new and exciting gateway for Yeovil. At a Public Exhibition in December the general public nominated their favourite landscaping scheme. Please see the scheme drawings below.

Recklford plan Reckleford Public Realm Works - Final Design


Start Date

Commenced: Design works started Q3 2007; tenders sent Q2 2009; on site works due to begin Q3 2009. Public Information Event September 2nd 2009.




Preparing the Cooker King Premises for demolition Cllrs Tim Carroll, Tony Fife and David Hall with SCC officer Richard Needs and workmen on site

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