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Consultation on proposed A358 Taunton-Ilminster upgrade

People can have their say on design changes to the A358 upgrade between the M5 at Taunton and Southfields roundabout at Ilminster.

National Highways is holding a supplementary consultation after making some refinements to the proposed route following a previous consultation.

The alterations include:

  • changes to access arrangements at Nexus 25 and Mattock’s Tree Green junctions;
  • updates to proposals for walker, cyclist, horse-rider and disabled user access;
  • a number of new areas identified as suitable for habitat creation;
  • a change in location for the main construction compound.

In delivering the scheme, National Highways are aiming to:

• improve the capacity of the road to reduce delays and queues that occur during peak hours and at key times of the year i.e. the height of summer.

• support economic growth, facilitating growth in jobs and housing by providing a free-flowing and reliable connection between the South East and the South West

• make the road safer, by providing additional capacity and reducing driver stress. We’ll also improve routes for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders in the area

• protect the environment and look for opportunities to improve it, minimising any unnecessary impact of the scheme on the surrounding natural and historic environment and landscape

• work with local communities to reduce the impact of the road, and look for ways to improve local people’s quality of life

• make journey times more reliable and resilient; by providing more capacity it will become easier to manage traffic when incidents occur

The supplementary consultation runs from 24 May to 26 June 2022 with feedback helping National Highways develop its planning application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to be submitted later this year.

A DCO is required for all nationally significant infrastructure projects and will allow for the Planning Inspectorate to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who will decide on whether development consent should be granted for the proposed scheme.

All plans will be available on a dedicated consultation website and virtual exhibition room, that can be accessed from 10:00 on the 24 May 2022.

National Highways is holding three public consultation events:

Thursday 26 May from 11am to 8pm: Monks Yard (Conference Room), Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9PT

Wednesday 8 June from 11am to 8pm: Somerset County Cricket Club, The Cooper Associates County Ground, St. James Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JT

Saturday 11 June from 11am to 6pm: Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7BL

Posted: 13/05/2022 09:27:00


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