A358 Taunton to SouthfieldsRecently updated

A dual carriageway link between the M5 at Taunton and the A303, part of a programme of improvements to the A303/A30/A358.

Region:  South West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £250 to £500 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

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Progress report

In keeping with pre-election guidance we are pausing our consultation on the A358.

The scheduled public exhibition on the 8 May, and our attendance at all other public events within the election period, have been postponed. They will be rearranged for after the general election, with time given for people to respond before the end of the consultation, which has been extended.

The new dates are being finalised and will be published after the general election.

Information about the proposed scheme remains available at local venues and on our consultation webpage. We continue to welcome all feedback and views on the scheme.

Have your say on our consultation page

Visit our consultation website to find documents which will guide you through the consultation process and help you locate the information you want to read. When you are ready to have your say you can use the online feedback form to tell us what you think.

What next?

After the consultation we‘ll combine your feedback with further technical analysis and use this to finalise our preferred route: the route we will take forward for more detailed design. We hope to be able to announce the preferred route in winter 2017.

If all goes to plan we would like to start on site in 2020.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Scheme announced
February 2016 Public information events
28 March to 21 May 2017 Have your say

Why we need this scheme

The A303/A358 corridor is a vital connection between the south west, London and the south east. While much of the route is a dual carriageway, there are still over 35 miles of single carriageway. These sections act as congestion bottlenecks, particularly in the summer months and at weekends, causing delays to road users travelling between the M3 motorway and the south west and an increased risk of accidents.

The A358 itself comprises a mix of dual and single lane carriageway, This section also has poor junction alignment and visibility and changes in road type when compared against a high quality dual carriageway and expected of a key strategic route.

Ensuring that improvements are made to the A358 between Taunton and Southfields, to help traffic to flow more freely to and from the South West, is a priority. Without improvements that reduce congestion and journey times it will be difficult for the south west’s regional economy to expand and its communities to prosper.

Aims

The scheme will:
  • reduce congestion, improve journey times and make our network safer for our customers
  • support jobs and economic growth at a local and national level
  • minimise adverse impacts on the surrounding natural environment and landscape

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A303/A358 autumn 2016 newsletter |

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J25 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 1 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J26 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:30 on 27 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 June 2017 to 06:00 on 2 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The A303 westbound between the junctions with the A358 and the A30 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J25 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 1 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 1 June 2017 to 06:00 on 2 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:30 on 18 December 2017.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am

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