A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme preliminary design consultation October 2021

Closed 22 Nov 2021

Opened 12 Oct 2021

Overview

We're consulting on our proposals to upgrade the A358 Taunton to Southfields to dual carriageway.  

This will improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion and improve connectivity for road users and local communities, while unlocking economic growth in Somerset and the South West. 

This consultation will close at 23.59 on Monday 22 November 2021. Please make sure you share your views by then, so that they can be taken into account. 

Copies of the consultation materials can be found at the bottom of this page. Please make sure you've read these, or attended a consultation event, before completing the consultation questionnaire.

Give Us Your Views

 

Why your views matter:

Since announcing our preferred route for the project in 2019  we've been refining the design for the new road.   This scheme fly-through video shows what we're proposing to do. 

We'd like to know what you think about these more detailed plans. 

We also want your feedback on the Preliminary Environmental Information (PEI) report, which sets out how we’re assessing and mitigating the potential environmental effects of the scheme, including the design changes.  You can read the PEI Report here:

 

Note: there are also links to the individual chapters of the PEI Report, the appendices and the figures referenced in it, at the bottom of this page. 

To help you provide your feedback, we're making information available in lots of different ways: 

  • We have a virtual exhibition running throughout the consultation period
  • We are hosting three face-to-face consultation events 
  • We are running themed webinars during the consultation period
  • We are hosting web chats through our virtual exhibition room
  • You can use our telephone surgery to request a call back from the project team
  • You can read the documents at the bottom of this page.  Note, this is the same information as can be found in the virtual exhibition. 

Virtual exhibition

Our virtual exhibition has been developed to help bring the consultation materials to life.  It will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the consultation, and includes videos explaining what we're proposing to do, along with detailed plans and other important information such as the Preliminary Environmental Impact (PEI) Report.    There will be opportunities to take part in webchats with the project team at set times (see details below). 

Physical face-to-face consultation events 

We're holding three in-person events during the consultation period (see events section below).  These will include the same information as the virtual event, but offer the chance to talk to someone face-to-face. 

Themed webinars

We're hosting some themed webinars on Microsoft Teams with out project team, focusing on different topics and specialist areas.  At these, one-hour-long, events our team will give a short presentation and then take questions from attendees.  You can submit your questions using the chat function (which can be used anonymously). 

Webinar theme Date Time

Consulting on the A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme 

Thursday 14 October 

12 noon 

Section 1 – M5 junction 25 to Mattock’s Tree Green junction 

Wednesday 20 October 

5pm 

Section 2 – Mattock’s Tree Green junction to Griffin Lane 

Thursday 21 October 

12 noon  

Section 3 – Griffin Lane to Ashill junction  

Thursday 21 October 

5pm 

Section 4 – Ashill junction to Southfields roundabout   

Friday 22 October 

5pm 

Walking, cycling and horse-riding, including disabled users 

Monday 1 November 

3pm 

The environment 

Tuesday 2 November 

3pm 

Traffic modelling 

Thursday 4 November 

3pm 

Consulting on the A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme 

Thursday 18 November 

6pm 

 

If you'd like to attend one of these webinars, please email us at A358TauntontoSouthfields@highwaysengland.co.uk You will then be sent an invitation to join the event. 

Web chats 

Members of the A358 project team will be available to answer questions via a web chat in the virtual exhibition, at these times.  

Web chat date Time
Tuesday 12 October ​ 4pm – 7pm
Wednesday 13 October 11am – 2pm
Friday 15 October 8am – 11am and 3pm – 6pm
Monday 18 October 12 noon – 3pm
Wednesday 20 October 10am – 1pm and 6pm – 9pm
Friday 22 October 9am – 12 noon and 3pm – 6pm
Thursday 18 November 3pm – 6pm
Friday 19 November 9am – 12 noon

 

To take part in a web chat, log onto the virtual exhibition at the relevant time and use the chat function in the corner of the screen. 

Telephone surgery 

If you'd like to talk to a member of the project team and can't attend the face-to-face events, you can request a call back from a member of the project team instead. Call backs will be made between 12 noon and 7pm, Mondays to Fridays, during the consultation period, subject to availability. 

You can request a call back by emailing A358TauntontoSouthfields@highwaysengland.co.uk or calling 0300 123 5000.  We'll offer slots on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Access to hard copies of the consultation materials / home delivery

If you don't have access to the internet or you experience problems downloading the consultation materials, we can send you free of charge one copy of the consultation brochure and feedback form in the post. 

If you'd like to request hard copy materials, please either email or call us using the following details:  Email:  A358TauntontoSouthfields@highwaysengland.co.uk or telephone 0300 123 5000.  Alternatively you can also get these materials at the face-to-face consultation events (see events list below) or from the deposit points (list below).

You can return your completed feedback questionnaire via post to: 

FREEPOST A358 TAUNTON TO SOUTHFIELDS

Note the address must be written in capital letters and you do not need a stamp. 

What happens next? 

This scheme is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008.

Because of its national significance, the scheme needs a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Following this consultation, we will carefully consider all comments received before submitting our DCO application. If the application is accepted by the Planning Inspectorate, there will then be an examination of the application in which the public can participate. This examination will take a maximum of six months. The Planning Inspectorate then has three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who then has a further three months to make a final decision.

More information about the DCO process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s website: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk. The process is also explained by this short animation. 

What happens next

We will take time to consider your feedback when making further refinements to our proposed designand developing our planned mitigation measures.

We will set out a summary of the responses that you have given us in a consultation report, with details on how your feedback has shaped and influenced the proposals.

This report will form part of our Development Consent Order (DCO) application and will be published following submission of our application. We expect to submit our DCO application in 2022 and, if it is granted, start work in 2024/25.

Events

  • Virtual exhibition

    From 12 Oct 2021 at 10:00 to 22 Nov 2021 at 23:59

    One of the best ways to find out about our proposals is to visit our virtual exhibition room. Here, you can learn more about the project, study detailed plans and put your questions to our team.  

    Visit the exhibition here https://a358-taunton-to-southfields.virtual-engage.com

  • Face-to-face consultation event - Taunton Racecourse

    From 19 Oct 2021 at 14:00 to 19 Oct 2021 at 20:00

    Location: Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton, TA3 7BL  

  • Face-to-face consultation event: Monks Yard, Ilminster

    From 23 Oct 2021 at 11:00 to 23 Oct 2021 at 18:00

    Location: Monks Yard (Conference Room), Horton Cross Farm, Horton Cross, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9PT 

  • Face-to-face consultation event: Holiday Inn, Taunton

    From 3 Nov 2021 at 11:00 to 3 Nov 2021 at 18:00

    Location: Holiday Inn Taunton, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA

Audiences

  • Industry
  • Business
  • Commerce
  • All members of the public
  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Roads