Neil presses for A303/A30 upgrades

Neil pressed Ministers on upgrades to the A303/A30 in Transport Questions. You can watch his question at this link:

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/e81fec53-7f3b-4ef4-b603-2f52b5645a… 

  • Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con)

    What plans his Department has to upgrade the A30 and A303. 

  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Andrew Jones)

    The road investment strategy announced the upgrade of all remaining sections of the A303 between the M3 and A358 to dual carriageway standard, together with the upgrading of the A358 in Somerset from the M5 at Taunton to the A303 at Ilminster. Highways England is making good progress, and three major schemes are planned to begin construction by April 2020. 

  • Neil Parish

    I thank our excellent roads Minister for clearly stating the improvements from Stonehenge to Ilminster and through to Taunton, which are very welcome, but there is a stretch from Ilminster to Honiton that actually needs a little more improvement. We have got the co-operation of the Blackdown Hills AONB partnership, and we could actually get a 60-mile road through to Honiton, and on to Exeter, to make sure we have a second arterial route to Devon and on into Cornwall. I would like an update from our excellent Minister. 

  • Andrew Jones

    The first road investment strategy did include some smaller scale improvements to that section of the road to improve safety and journey quality. However, it is a very challenging area in which to make improvements: it is a protected landscape and a very beautiful area, as my hon. Friend showed me when he drove me along the routes last summer and I heard at first hand the opportunity presented by such investment. We have started the second road investment strategy process, and Highways England is developing route strategies to inform that process. I will obviously take account of my hon. Friend’s contribution in the process, and I will make sure that Highways England liaises with him locally.