Highways England announced the preferred route for the dualling of a 30 mile section of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester.
The move for the £179 million scheme follows the recent announcement of the preferred route for the £1.6 billion upgrade of the A303 further up the road near Stonehenge.
As many will know, once the project is complete, this will be a big boost for people travelling in and out of the South West, particularly in relation to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
Speaking in between committee hearings, Johnny Mercer, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View, said:
“This is an important step forward in improving Plymouth’s links with London and the South East.
“Improving Plymouth’s long neglected transport links is a gargantuan task and involves work on a number of different aspects, not least rail. However, the government’s announcement today will create an expressway, linking the M3 in the South East with the M5 in the South West, that will help to cut congestion, improve journey times and provide an overall boost to the regional economy.
“This should be seen as a firm commitment from the government to finally addressing the South West’s transport infrastructure.”
The proposed route will offer a high quality dual carriageway with new two-level junction access with local roads and communities. The proposal will protect biodiversity and road users would benefit from the shorter route.
It will improve local access for pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.
Formal consultation is due to take place early next year along with the submission of a development consent order planning application.