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Could the A358 in Somerset be dualled at last?

The A358 is single carriageway in parts, which can lead to delays and congestion Credit: ITV News

The Government has finally announced it's to press ahead with plans to turn the A358 link between the M5 and the A303 into a dual carriageway.

David Cameron first proposed the idea more than two years ago, but today the Transport Secretary confirmed the much called for upgrade would definitely go ahead and a formal two month consultation with local people will begin at once.

Currently the A358 between the M5 at Taunton and the A303 Southfields is a mix of single and dual carriageway, leading to bottlenecks and congestion.

Chris Grayling has now announced that it will be made into a dual carriageway, leading to quicker journeys for motorists.

We are spending £15 billion on upgrading our major roads – the biggest investment in a generation.

This latest announcement is the next stage in our commitment to deliver improvements to the South West. The A358 is a key route between the South West and London and provides a vital link to Somerset communities.

A dual carriageway will help existing businesses thrive and create opportunities for new companies as well as boosting tourism.

The upgraded route is long overdue, but we are now taking action to cut congestion on the A358 to give motorists quicker, safer and more reliable journeys.

– Chris Grayling MP, Transport Secretary
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The route would see the existing road upgraded between Southfields and West Hatch, where it will split into a new dual carriageway linking with M5 at a new junction at Shoreditch.

Highways England says the new M5 junction would support development south of Taunton.

A consultation into the A358 upgrade has now opened and will close on 20 May. A preferred route will be announced this winter, with work starting in spring 2020.

The government is also improving the A303 at Stonehenge and between Sparkford and Ilchester.