Have your say on proposed A38 improvements

Joint news release by Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council:

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Proposals to make improvements to one of Somerset’s key roads which links the M5 through the county are being shared with the public.

Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council are working in partnership on a number of proposed schemes on the A38 between the two counties from Burnham-on-Sea to just outside Bristol.

The scheme seeks to improve journey reliability times, road safety and better connect local communities – whether by car, public transport or active travel.

In addition, they would support traffic flow for the benefit of local businesses and help reduce the road’s environmental impact by providing a range of positive green enhancements.

The public are invited to comment on these plans using the interactive map on the engagement website, a38mrn-engagement.com. The feedback will help inform the A38 Major Road Network Outline Business Case that will be submitted to central Government for approval later in the year.

Councillor Steve Bridger, North Somerset Council’s executive member for planning, highways and transport said: “Many junctions along the A38 are running at capacity with knock-on effects for the safety of road users and pedestrians, as well as the wellbeing of those living nearby and local businesses whose operation depends on an effective and efficient local road network.

“These planned improvements seek to alleviate pressure points along the A38 and provide active travel plans so that the road can better serve the region. It’s also vital the plans consider environmental impacts of the scheme, so we can keep working towards North Somerset Council’s ambitious aims of carbon neutrality by 2030.”

“We want to be sure that our plans meet the needs of our communities, and so we welcome the public to get involved and tell us what they think.”  

“We’re really pleased to be working in partnership with North Somerset Council on a package of measures which should make a big difference to those using this route regularly and local communities,” said Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.

“We have identified what we consider to be the most pressing areas of concern along the route, but of course we need to hear what local communities think about this proposal and the key issues for them, so please do get involved.”

Find out more about the A38 Major Road Network scheme and tell us what you think by visiting a38mrn-engagement.com. The consultation closes on 1 August 2021.