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HONITON:Road improvements exhibition

Thursday, 03 July 2014

A series of A303 improvement exhibitions will be staged in July. Devon County Council and Somerset County Council are staging the exhibitions as part of a study into improving the A30/A303 between Honiton and Broadway. The drop in sessions will set out the progress of the study so far and next steps to improve the route. The study is part of a wider campaign, led by Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire and Dorset councils, as well as the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, to lobby and put the case to Government to improve the entire A303/A358/A30 road corridor between Honiton, Taunton and Amesbury. As part of the study, a recent survey to understand the views of communities, road users and businesses between Honiton and Broadway, revealed that 97 per cent want improvements to the route. The study results will feed into the Government’s full review of the route from Stonehenge to Honiton, carried out by the Highways Agency, which will publish its finding in Autumn 2014. Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth at Devon County Council said: “Improvements to the entire A303 is a priority for our partnership, so we are pleased that the Government is undertaking a feasibility study to consider future improvements along the whole length. “We however recognise that securing improvements is a staged process and our aim is to upgrade the route between Honiton and Broadway to support economic growth and increase resilience for our communities. “Feedback from communities is crucial if we are to put forward an effective business case to Government for improvements to this section of road. In addition, it will also help us put together affordable and deliverable options that are sensitive to the protected landscape.” Exhibition dates: Wednesday July 9th, 2-7pm - The Beehive, Honiton; Thursday July 10th, 3-8pm - Monkton Court Hotel, Monkton; Monday July 14th, 3-8pm - The Sidmouth Arms, Upottery; Tuesday July 15th, 3-8pm - The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster; Thursday July 17th, 3-8pm - The Guildhall, Chard.

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