Highways England to hold consultation events over upgrades to the A303

Article Posted on: February 17, 2017

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Want to have your say on crucial plans to help upgrade one of Somerset’s key routes?

Highways England has begun consulting on ambitious proposals to improve the route from Sparkford to Ilchester and create 30 miles of dual carriageway between Mere and South Petherton.

Somerset County Council played a big part in lobbying the Government to upgrade not just the A303 but also the A358 running from Ilminster to Taunton.

Cllr David Fothergill, cabinet member for Highways and Transport at the county council, is urging people to help shape the plans by taking part in the consultation, which runs until March 29.

“We worked extremely hard over a number of years to put the A303 and the A358 at the top of the Government’s agenda and are working closely with them as these plans are developed,” he said.

“Highways England have now reached the crucial consultation stage and I would urge all local people to get involved and let them know what you think.”

Highways England will be holding the following public information events:

• Noon to 8.30pm, Thursday February 23: Sparkford Inn Function Room, Sparkford

• 10am to 6pm, Saturday February 25: Davis Hall, West Camel

• 10am to 5pm, Friday March 10: Queen Camel Village Hall, Queen Camel.

A separate consultation on building a tunnel for the A303 near Stonehenge is also being held.

It is expected that details on upgrading the A358 between Taunton and Ilminster will be revealed shortly.

The preferred route between Sparkford and Ilchester is due to be announced in the autumn with work expected to start in 2020.

Source: http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/15096612.HAVE_YOUR_SAY__Consultations_over_crucial_plans_to_upgrade_one

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