Tag Archives: A303

Council welcomes progress on A303 upgrade

The progression of Government plans to upgrade the A303 has been welcomed by Somerset County Council. Highways England has today announced that Option 1 is the preferred route for a new dual carriageway between Sparkford and Ilchester. This option largely follows the route of the existing A303 and was the preferred route for 64 per […]

Have your say on plans to upgrade the A303

Somerset residents are being urged to have their say on plans to upgrade the A303. Highways England has begun consulting on proposals to improve the route from Sparkford to Ilchester and create 30 miles of dual carriageway between Mere and South Petherton. Somerset County Council was instrumental in lobbying the Government for whole route improvement […]

Prime Minister gives support for A303 dualling

Somerset needs the A303 dualled as an important step to boost the local economy – that’s the message from Somerset County Council Leader, John Osman today in support of Yeovil MP, Marcus Fysh. The MP – also a county councillor – spoke this afternoon at Prime Minister’s Questions calling for further investment in projects that […]

Roads Minister confirms good news for Somerset

Planning for the long-awaited upgrade of the A303 and A358 in Somerset is already underway, the Roads Minister told the County Council today. Andrew Jones was in the Somerset as part of a tour of the South West, looking at existing and potential projects involving the Department for Transport. This included the planned upgrading of […]

Driving down speed in Watergore

A community-backed scheme to reduce vehicle speeds through a village in South Somerset has now been completed. Somerset County Council has been carrying out improvements along Harp Road (the old A303) which runs through Watergore between the South Petherton and Lopen roundabouts. The existing road is wide which encourages drivers to speed so improved signs […]

Revolutionary Road: the A303 corridor improvements in figures

Two of Somerset’s key transport routes are set to benefit from a £2bn roads boost. Following years of lobbying by a partnership of local authorities led by Somerset County Council, the Government has announced that the A303 and A358 will be upgraded as part of the Roads Investment Strategy. Here’s what it means in numbers: You can also download […]

Double celebration for Somerset in roads revolution

Somerset County Council and business leaders are celebrating today’s announcement that two of Somerset’s key transport routes are in line to benefit from a £2bn roads boost. Following years of lobbying for ‘whole route improvement’ of the A303 corridor by a partnership of local authorities led by Somerset County Council, the Government has confirmed that […]

County Council Leaders push for “bigger picture” after PM’s promises to improve A303

Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise to revamp the A303 as part of a £15 billion “roads revolution” has been welcomed by Somerset County Council. However, County Council Leader John Osman and Deputy Leader David Hall have pressed the Government to commit to the “whole route” improvement programme needed to seriously upgrade the key road. They […]

A303 drive gathering pace

Somerset County Council’s campaign for an upgrade of the A303/A358/A30 corridor is making positive progress, members were told earlier today. The County Council is calling on the Government to commit to upgrading this vital route through Somerset in the Autumn Statement. Members of the Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee were today told that a […]

A358 a priority for improvements

The Leaders of Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council have welcomed news that the A358 is now being looked at as a priority for improvements. The Highways Agency is currently carrying out phase 2 of a feasibility study to consider improving the A303/A30/A358 and had initially identified five stretches to look at in […]