A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

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A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

Received 21 September 2018
From Stagecoach UK Bus


Stagecoach supports the scheme in principle, given the strategic importance and necessity of the dualling, as a key regional and national road link.

The existing and the future road accommodates both some local and a greater number of longer-distance inter-urban coach services. Not only that, but there is a strong likelihood that the A303 as a whole should be seen as needing to cater for more such use, as buses and coaches represent a greatly more efficient use of road space, and the emissions per passenger km are a fraction of personal car use, at average load factors.

It is therefore vital that the scheme design in the scope for both local bus and longer distance coach services, and in particular it should seek to take advantage of the potential to facilitate local interchange at strategic points. "Last-mile" modes are already many, including taxis, "stop and drop" with friends and relatives, and cycling.

As a major user of the SRN, and a key passenger transport operator, there is a broader question of Highways England's standard processes for preparing and designing major highways schemes. We have not be approached to date on this or any other major scheme within RIS1 nor RIS2, with a view to seeking our input as to how existing and potential bus and coach services can facilitated.

We will make observation as far as we are able on how the scheme could be amended to cost-effectively facilitate bus and coach services. It would obviously be preferable if we were to be approached much earlier in the design and consenting process, here and elsewhere.