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A358 Taunton to Southfields dualling scheme

National Highways is holding a consultation on the A358 Taunton to Southfields Dualling Scheme. This scheme will primarily help to improve the route between the South West and London/the South East, but will also benefit more local journeys.

The consultation runs from 12 October to 22 November 2021, and will help National Highways develop its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO), the type of planning permission needed for the scheme.

From 12 October National Highways online exhibition can be accessed.

There will also be also dedicated times when you can chat with members of their project team to discuss any questions you may have on the proposed changes.

You can book a call back with their project team Monday to Friday, 12pm to 7pm, between 12 October and 22 November, by emailing or calling 0300 183 5000.

During the consultation period, you can visit the virtual consultation room by following the links on the National Highways website. In this virtual room you’ll find all the information you’d normally see in a physical exhibition but with the added benefit of being able to visit at any time of the day or night.

For those who prefer to do things face to face, there will be events at

  • Taunton (Taunton Racecourse, on 19 October (2pm - 8pm)
  • Holiday Inn Taunton, Deane Gate Avenue, TA1 2UA on 3 November (11am - 6pm)
  • Ilminster (Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Ilminster, TA19 9PT) on 23 October from (11am - 6pm).

Whether you’re in favour of the scheme or not, it’s important to take the opportunity to have your say and make your voice heard. Every opinion will count.

There are a number of different ways you can submit your response to the consultation.

  • You can fill in the online questionnaire from 12 October.
  • You can use a hard copy version of the consultation questionnaire and post it, via Freepost, to FREEPOST A358 TAUNTON TO SOUTHFIELDS - no stamp is required.
  • You can also email your comments, or a scanned copy of the questionnaire, to

If you want any more information on anything connected with this project, please contact John Burton in Planning on either 01823 219527 or by e-mail: