Improvements are essential to help businesses thrive, access new markets, improve safety and reliability for local communities.Independent research shows that improving the whole route would provide a major economic boost of £41bn over the lifetime of the road, which could transform our area by creating over 20,000 new jobs and more opportunities.
Severe, chronic congestion along many single carriageway sections, delays caused by slow traffic and queues for attractions such as Stonehenge mean that it is an unreliable and impractical alternative to the longer M4 /M5 route.
Improving the road is a priority for business, communities and the local authorities, who have formed a campaign partnership to press the case with Government. The campaign is backed by the CBI, all five Local Enterprise Partnerships in the South West, Police, Fire and Ambulance services and hundreds of major employers, SMEs and micro-businesses. As a result, a review of the A303/A30/A358 route was announced by Government in 2013, with findings to be published in Autumn 2014.
Wider economic benefits could be achieved by improving sections of the A303/A30/A358. Enhancing a number of sections of the route can be done relatively quickly, and by progressing the scheme in phases these benefits can be rapidly realised by businesses across the Peninsula.
Potential route and junction improvements are currently being assessed to see what can be done in the short, medium and longer term, given factors including the landscape, environmental and adjacent communities as well as the crucial aspect of funding.
Further information can be found on the A303/A30/A358 Improvement website.