Yeovil is a town in southern Somerset. It was built up on a variety of local industries and had a thriving medieval town centre. In the first half of the 20th Century the town also became home to heavier industry including the Westlands Factory is now known for building Helicopters. Unfortunately, after heavy bombing in World War 2 the historic town centre, although only partially damaged, was ripped out in favour of a modern shopping centre. This is now seen as a bad mistake by the planners of the time, although the new town centre bypass which was started at the same time has surely helped with traffic flows around the town.
Much of Yeovil's current road network dates from a controversial redevelopment strategy in the 1960's when many old buildings were demolished to make way for a 'modern' shopping centre and new relief road. This took the A30 and A37 away from the narrow medieval streets and gave them a big new dual-carriageway. Indeed, such was the scale of the changes that some of the formerly classified routes no longer exist as the old street pattern was swept away.
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