A358 Taunton to Southfields

Closed 20 May 2017

Opened 28 Mar 2017

Overview

In keeping with pre-election guidance we are pausing our consultation on the A358.

The scheduled public exhibition on the 8 May, and our attendance at all other public events within the election period, have been postponed. They will be rearranged for after the general election, with time given for people to respond before the end of the consultation, which has been extended.

The new dates are being finalised and will be published after the general election.

Information about the proposed scheme remains available at local venues and on this webpage. We continue to welcome all feedback and views on the scheme.

About this scheme

The A303/A358 corridor is the most direct main route between the south east and the south west. Tens of thousands of people use the route 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 A303/A358 corridor 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 A358 Taunton to Southfields.

Why do we need this scheme?

The A358 between Taunton and Southfields roundabout 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 to create a dual carriageway link from the M5 near Taunton to the A303.

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
  • helping 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
  • supporting major development opportunities in the area south of Taunton through a proposed new junction at the M5 motorway (Junction A)
  • 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 from 28 March until 20 May 2017. This is the first stage in our consultation process.  We would like to know what you think about the route proposal.  We will listen to your views and publish a consultation report which summarises your feedback and how they will be considered to inform the detailed design stage.

View the proposed route online

All of the consultation information is available on this webpage including a brochure with a summary of the proposed route 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
Friday 7 April Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, Chestnut View, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton TA3 6TH 10am to 6pm
Saturday 8 April Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton TA3 7BL 10am to 6pm
Monday 10 April Holiday Inn, Deane Gate Avenue, Somerset, UK TA1 2UA 12 midday to 8pm
Tuesday 11 April Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Ilminster TA19 9PT 12 midday to 8pm
Monday 8 May Holiday Inn, Deane Gate Avenue, Somerset, UK TA1 2UA POSTPONED – the event will be rearranged for after the general election. Details will be made available here as soon as the date has been confirmed

Visit a public information point

Consultation materials will be available to view from 28 March until 20 May 2017 during normal opening hours at the following places:

Public information points

Taunton Deane Borough Council, The Deane House, Belvedere Rd, Taunton, Somerset , TA1 1HE

Taunton Library, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3XZ

Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY

South Somerset District Council, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT

Ilminster Meeting and Arts Centre, The Meeting House East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN

Documents

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/A358 corridor

Public consultation information

You can view an interactive map of the A358 Taunton to Southfields route proposal

In keeping with pre-election guidance we are pausing our consultation on the A358. The new dates for any postponed events and the extended consultation period are being finalised and will be published after the general election.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All members of the public

Interests

  • Roads