A303 improvements plans on show in Chard and Ilminster

Cllr Nigel Pearson.

Cllr Nigel Pearson.

First published in News This is The West Country: Photograph of the Author by

EXHIBITIONS about improvements to the A303 are being held in Chard and Ilminster next week.

They are part of a study into improving the A30/A303 between Honiton and Broadway, built more than 80 years ago.

They will set out the progress of the study so far and next steps to improve the route.

The route, which links Chard and Ilminster with London via Basingstoke in Hampshire, has long been the subject of transport campaigns to upgrade it because of congestion.

Six stretches of road are highlighted for improvements, including overtaking lanes on hills and picnic areas.

Cllr Nigel Pearson, who represents Chard North, said he hopes people visit the exhibitions to put their views across.

He added: “I suspect that the changes would make a difference and people who use the road should come along as they will have more of an idea than anybody.”

The exhibitions are on Tuesday, July 15, from 3- 8pm at The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster, and on Thursday, July 17, from 3-8pm in The Guildhall, Chard.

The study results will feed into the Government’s review of the 90-mile stretch of the route from Stonehenge to Honiton, carried out by the Highways Agency, which will publish its findings in the autumn.

A Somerset County Council and Devon County Council survey carried out last month found 80% of people think congestion is an issue and 97% wanted improvements made to the route.

County council deputy leader Cllr David Hall said last month that the survey underlined serious shortcomings in the route and added that the economic benefits of upgrading the road were ‘very significant’ for the region.

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9:48am Sat 12 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

I would like to think Southfields Roundabout could be improved as well. Long tail-backs when approaching from Taunton seem to be more frequent now.
Slip roads and a fly over would be good.

Not that anything is likely to be done
I would like to think Southfields Roundabout could be improved as well. Long tail-backs when approaching from Taunton seem to be more frequent now. Slip roads and a fly over would be good. Not that anything is likely to be done QuillPen
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8:04pm Wed 16 Jul 14

highwayhell says...

Having visited the exhibition yesterday, I must say what a vague proposal it was , A few overtaking lanes here, ( which will cause tailbacks like the ones we see on the Ilminster bypass every Saturday in the summer) and improved visibility at junctions there, ( which will be ok until the council stop cutting the verges and the grass and brambles grow back). The scheme lacks any ambition. The only way to improve this road properly is to duel it to Honiton (not ideal considering the environment), or improving the A358 to the M5. Lets stop wasting time on these silly tweaks and push for a proper solution.
Having visited the exhibition yesterday, I must say what a vague proposal it was , A few overtaking lanes here, ( which will cause tailbacks like the ones we see on the Ilminster bypass every Saturday in the summer) and improved visibility at junctions there, ( which will be ok until the council stop cutting the verges and the grass and brambles grow back). The scheme lacks any ambition. The only way to improve this road properly is to duel it to Honiton (not ideal considering the environment), or improving the A358 to the M5. Lets stop wasting time on these silly tweaks and push for a proper solution. highwayhell
  • Score: 4

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