A358 consultation coming soon
Today Highways England (HE) announced a new consultation on the A358 between Ilminster and the M5 outside Taunton. Whilst the route has more or less been set now, the consultation will ask for views on the precise plans for the road. The idea is that will be an 8.5 mile dual carriageway linking the A303 outside Ilminster to the M5. Broadly it will follow the route of the existing A358.
As part of the planning process, HE would like to hear your thoughts on the proposed design. This will help refine the preliminary design before they submit our planning application in 2022. However the consultation is an obligation on HE before they submit the plans for approval. Readers with long memories will remember a previous consultation on the route of the A358. It only offered one alternative!
There is nothing to see just yet. The consultation will run from 12 October to 22 November 2021. All plans will be available on a dedicated consultation website, that can be accessed via www.highwaysengland.co.uk/a358-taunton-to-southfields from 10:00 on the 12 October 2021.
In the meantime what you will need to know is that road closures are planned from Wednesday 29 September – 1 October 2021. Local roads which connect to the A358 will be closed and HE say roads will only be closed one at a time. A diversion route will be set up for each one. The closures will take place between 9pm and 6am. To find more information visit www.streetworks.org.uk/live-traffic-works-map/ where you can see an interactive map of the locations and diversions.