Council Welcomes New A358 Route Consultation

Somerset County Council welcomes Highway England’s decision for a second consultation on the proposed route of a new road connecting the A358 near West Hatch Lane with the M5 after listening to feedback.

Highways England’s initial consultation ended on 16 July where Somerset County Council strongly reiterated its support for improvements to the A358/A303/A30 corridor, but called for more information and detail on the planned route.

It also criticised the consultation for having only one option to consider. The Council stated in their response it would much prefer to have seen consultation on all four short-listed options.

Somerset County Council now welcomes Highways England change in stance that it will hold a supplementary consultation with more options put forward for the proposed route of a new road connecting the A358 near West Hatch Lane with the M5.

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development, said: “We welcome Highways England’s announcement it has recognised more work needs to be done to find the right solution for the route of the new A358.  The A358/A303/A30 improvement is a key strategic route for Somerset and is central to future economic growth. Its therefore vital Highways England gets this scheme right.

“I’m delighted they have listened to our feedback and look forward to reviewing the updated options later this year, ensuring it delivers the desired congestion, economic and safety benefits for Somerset, its communities and the South West.”

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