A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

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A303 Sparkford to Ilchester Dualling

Received 03 October 2018
From Hawk House Ltd


It is felt that a more ‘On-Line’ approach should be utilised to achieve the project objectives of dualling the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester.

Delays on the existing road are invariably caused by two lanes merging into one or accidents further east or west of Camel Cross; usually at roundabouts!

Widening of the existing road route to create a dual carriageway would undoubtedly be a far more cost effective and less damaging option than the current complex proposals. Widening would create relatively simple opportunities to further straighten the existing road, at and to the east of Camel Cross, without ‘diverting’ from the existing route. This approach would also have far less environmental impact than the current proposals. Good access to local businesses and, importantly, RNAS Yeovilton would not only be maintained, but improved by such a strategy.

The vast majority of traffic leaving or joining the A303 at the junction with the B3151 is undisputedly going to, or coming from, RNAS Yeovilton. Access to RNAS Yeovilton and indeed, our business, would be vastly improved by grade separated reconfiguration of the junction with B3151 to give safe access both east and westbound.

It is also felt that having the east and westbound access directly at the junction with the B3151 would remove any need to have major junctions near Orchard Park or West Camel village and further decrease ‘Rat running’ through ALL local villages.