Somerset County Council welcomes A358 announcement

Somerset County Council has welcomed today’s announcement from Highways England of its preferred route for improving the A358.

The A358 is Somerset’s busiest A road and used by thousands of vehicles every day.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Community Infrastructure, said: “We have always been supportive of the need to improve the A358 as a key element of the end-to-end upgrade of the A303/A358/A30 corridor and welcome today’s news. This scheme will bring considerable economic benefits to the South West and UK and we are extremely pleased to see it progressing.

“Now that the Government has announced its preferred route we will work closely with Highways England to make sure that local issues are considered and addressed in the detailed design process.”

The A358 scheme will be developed alongside current works which are ongoing to upgrade Junction 25. This is a standalone scheme by Somerset County Council which offers benefits to both congestion and the local economy in the short term and will be an essential building block for later improvements to the A358.

For more information about the A358 announcement, please visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk/Taunton-to-Southfields. Further details about the Junction 25 scheme can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk/J25.