A £170 million investment is set to be made in upgrading the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester and 30 miles of dual carriageway between Mere and South Petherton. This forms part of an investment of more than £2bn in A303 upgrading works which should prove a significant boost to the economy in the South West. For more detail on this subject please read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media today.
Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds. 14th February 2017
£170m investment in Somerset road
A £170m investment is set to be made in upgrading a key Somerset road with the aim of reducing congestion and speeding up journey times.
The route between Sparkford and Ilchester will be upgraded and 30 miles of dual carriageway created between Mere and South Petherton.
More than 26,000 vehicles use this stretch of road a day, double the number it was designed for.
A £170m investment will be made by the government as part of plans to spend £15bn on motorways and major A roads between 2015 and 2020.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “Almost four million trips are made on the A303 every year and we are investing more than £2bn to improve these motorists’ journeys, making them quicker and safer.
“Tackling congestion on this vital road will also help boost the economy in the south-west, unlock thousands of jobs and homes and promote tourism.”
Highways England is consulting on two proposed routes and the preferred route between Sparkford and Ilchester will be announced later this year. A separate consultation on building a tunnel for the A303 near Stonehenge is also underway.