Drivers urged to avoid A303 near Ilchester

A stretch of carriageway on the A303 has been closed by flood water. The westbound carriageway of the A303 is closed between the A37 (Illchester) and A3088 (Yeovil). It is expected to remain shut for some time. This stretch of the A303 has always been prone to flooding.

Delays are likely given the reduced access to the whole carriageway. You are advised to avoid the area if possible.

National Highways Duty Operations Manager for the South West, Beverley Mears, advises: “We have had heavy rain falling on already saturated ground which has seen the nearby waterway burst its banks, flooding nearby fields and washing onto our road. More rain is predicted today and over the weekend which will exasperate the situation.

“We are looking into any possible solutions to alleviate the problem but in the meantime we would urge drivers to avoid the area if possible and, if not, to allow extra time for their journeys.”

“Surrounding roads are also experiencing flooding which has impacted our official diversion route for this area. We would therefore advise drivers diverted off the A303 to head towards Shepton Mallet and pick up the main roads there.”

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