We are leading a multi-agency group of partners campaigning for improvements to the A303/A30/A358 road corridor between Taunton, Honiton and Amesbury.
Specific economic benefits from A303/A30/A358 improvements for Somerset potentially include:
- Strengthening Somerset's inward investment attractiveness by reducing journey times to markets.
- Helping to strengthen and develop local supply chains - including benefits for the aerospace and advanced engineering sector clustered around Yeovil and AgustaWestland.
- Making Somerset (and neighbouring areas) more accessible for tourists (particularly opportunities to further Somerset's strengths as a short break destination from London and the south east).
Working closely with a project group including Wiltshire, Devon County and Dorset County Councils and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, the local authorities are campaigning for a whole route improvement of this important road corridor. An outline economic case has been developed to outline the key economic benefits of improving the whole route and to provide the economic evidence to be used for campaigning for investment in the route. The key economic benefits for the region identified over 60 years included:
- £41.6bn of economic benefit (Gross Value Added)
- 21,400 jobs
- A further £21.2bn of economic benefits including tax generation, welfare payment savings, disposable income and tourism spend.
For more details, see the project documents in the Information and resources section.
On 1 December 2014 Government announced its Road Investment Strategy. This included a
£2 billion commitment to turn the A303 into a new strategic corridor to the south west over the next 14 years and create a new Expressway corridor into the region transforming connectivity to and from the south west. The result will be the biggest increase of connection for the region since the opening of the M5, meaning easier journeys and more opportunities for growth.
The Road Investment Strategy also included a commitment to start on three improvement schemes between 2015/16 and 2020/21.
The three improvement schemes are described below:
These schemes will be developed and constructed by Highways England. The Council has now submitted responses to Highways England’s non-statutory consultations on options for the Sparkford to Ilchester Improvement and M5 to Southfields Improvement.
Please contact us for more information. General enquiries and electronic documents are free but there may be a charge made for printed copies of documents where these are available.
Highways England is currently running consultations on the improvement schemes in Somerset.
- A statutory consultation on the preferred route for the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester improvement can be accessed from www.highways.gov.uk/Sparkford-to-Ilchester seeking final views on the relatively detailed scheme proposals before submitting a development consent order to the Planning Inspectorate. This consultation closes on 9 March 2018 and the Council is currently preparing a detailed response.
- A second round of non-statutory consultation on route options for the A358 Southfields to M5 improvement can be accessed from https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/taunton-to-southfields-dualling-scheme/. Highways England’s consultation is seeking views on three alternative route options to assist in finalising a preferred route for the scheme. This consultation closes on 27 February 2018. The County Council has published a draft response to this consultation which can be found under ‘information and resources’, along with a draft cabinet member non-key decision report. The Council welcomes any community comments on the proposed response by 22 February in order to inform the Cabinet member’s decision which will be taken on 23 February. Please send any comments using the contact details below.
Appendix c - Draft SCC response to Southfields second consultation
Draft for comment Cabinet Member Decision Taunton to Southfieldssecond consultation