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:  

Progress report

Following the announcement in the summer that we would be holding a supplementary consultation to gather more information and views about options for improvement between the M5 at Taunton and West Hatch Lane, we have now made a decision to consult on the whole route instead.

This will allow us to get valuable feedback on the options in the context of the entire scheme.

In widening the scope of the consultation, more time is needed to finalise the consultation materials. The consultation on the A358 will now be delivered in early 2018. The details of the options we will be consulting on will be confirmed at the start of the consultation.

What next?

There will be a consultation in early 2018. After this we will review your feedback, while doing some further analysis to identify a preferred route. We expect to make our preferred route announcement in late 2018. There will then be a statutory public consultation on our proposal before we summit our application for a Development Consent Order (DCO). A DCO is a special type of planning application, which is needed for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Scheme announced
February 2016 Public information events
March to July 2017 Initial consultation on proposed improvement option
Early 2018 (TBC) Full route options consultation – a chance for you to 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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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: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A303 westbound between the junctions with the A356 and the A358 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:01 on 18 December 2017 to 16:00 on 18 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 19 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A303 eastbound between the junctions with the A358 and the A356 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:01 on 18 December 2017 to 16:00 on 18 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 19 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
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 31 January 2018.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm

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