A303 Sparkford to Ilchester

Closed 28 Mar 2017

Opened 15 Feb 2017


About this scheme

The A303 is the most direct main route between the south east and the south west. Tens of thousands of people use the road every day, including tourists on their way to some of the nation’s favorite holiday destinations.

But for now the road is not great at getting people from A to B. It is regularly congested and is frustrating for motorists who try to avoid tailbacks by diverting onto unsuitable local roads. This makes life hard for local communities too.

The aim is to transform the route into an expressway, a new type of strategic road which is as safe and reliable as a motorway and where ‘mile-a-minute’ journeys are the norm.

In its Road Investment Strategy, the government has identified eight separate sections of road along the A303 and A358 to Taunton where upgrades are needed, and has made funding available for the first three to get under way.

This website is about our public consultation on one of these schemes, the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester scheme.

Why do we need this scheme?

The section of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester currently comprises of a mix of dual and single lane carriageway, which leads to localised congestion, impacting adversely on journey times and journey time reliability.

We are proposing to dual the 3 mile section of single carriageway between Sparkford and Ilchester, with a view to creating nearly 30 miles of dual carriageway on the A303 between South Petherton and Mere.

The proposed scheme provides a number of benefits to road users, businesses, the local community and tourists, they include:

  • relieving traffic congestion on a vital link to the South West peninsula
  • providing more reliable journey times
  • improving safety and reducing driver stress by providing a more free-flowing network
  • providing safer local access provisions for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorised users
  • supporting the local economy to grow through the creation of a modernised and reliable road that reduces delays and makes the South West more accessible for tourism and business
  • improving the environment by reducing pollution from queuing traffic, particularly during the busy summer months

How to get involved

We are holding a public consultation on the proposed route options from Wednesday 15 February until Tuesday 28 March 2017. We would like to know what you think about the route option proposals. We will listen to your views and publish a consultation report to inform the selection of a preferred route.

View the proposed route options online

All of the consultation information is available on this webpage including a brochure with a summary of the proposed route options, event information boards, and our consultation questionnaire.

Attend a public information event

Meet the project team and view the proposed route options at the following events:

Date Venue Time
Thursday 23 February 2017 Sparkford Inn, High Street, Sparkford, Yeovil, BA22 7JH 12.00 midday to 8.00pm
Saturday 25 February 2017 Queen Camel Memorial Hall, High Street, Queen Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7NF 10.00am to 5.00pm
Friday 10 March 2017 Davis Hall, Howell Hill, West Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7QX 10.00am to 6.00pm

Visit a public information point

Consultation materials will be available to view from Wednesday 15 February until Wednesday 29 March 2017 during normal opening hours at the following places:

Public information points
Wincanton Library, 7 Carrington Way, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9JS
Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster, TA19 0NQ
Yeovil Library, King George Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1PZ
Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7HU
South Petherton Library, St. James Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5BS
Montacute House, Montacute, TA15 6XP
Taunton Library, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3XZ
Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
Martock Library, The Shopping Centre, Martock, Somerset, TA12 6DL
South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT


Through the links below you can view all of the information which will be available at our public consultation events. Please take your time to view the following:

The case for improving the A303

Public consultation information


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