PLANS to upgrade the A358 will be unveiled soon according to Highways England. 

Government plans to tackle congestion on the neighbouring A303 were revealed yesterday (Monday, February 13), and Highways confirmed it is now working on the A358 upgrade from Southfields roundabout to Taunton. 

Public consultation is set to take taking place for the £170million project which is part of the government's £15billion investment in motorways and major A roads between 2015-20. 

Chris Grayling, transport secretary, said: "Almost 4 million trips are made on the A303 every year and we are investing more than £2 billion to improve these motorists’ journeys, making them quicker and safer.

"Tackling congestion on this vital road will also help boost the economy in the south-west, unlock thousands of jobs and homes and promote tourism."

Work will include making junctions safer as well as providing better links for pedestrians and cyclists.

Highways England is consulting on the two routes and is urging residents to have their say on the plans.

The consultation runs from February 15 to March 29.

The preferred route between Sparkford and Ilchester is due to be announced in autumn this year. Work is expected to start in 2020.

Highways England could not confirm when the plan for the A358 will be revealed, only that it will be "revealed shortly". 

Highways England is holding the following public information events:

12.00 noon to 8.30pm, Thursday 23 February: Sparkford Inn Function Room, Sparkford

10.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday 25 February: Davis Hall, West Camel

10.00am to 5.00pm, Friday 10 March: Queen Camel Village Hall, Queen Camel.

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