asked the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for extending the dual cariageway for the M3–A303 from Thruxton to Exeter and on what dates these plans are to be finalised.
Our report "National Roads England 1985", published last June, gives details of the proposed improvements on the A303-A30 between Thruxton and Exeter, together with their approximate start dates. The details are as follows:
|Approximate Start Date|
|A303 Thruxton-Amesbury||Spring 1986|
|A303 Furze hedge improvement||Spring 1986|
|A303 Mere-Wincanton||April 1987–March 1989|
|A303 Sparkford bypass||April 1987–March 1989|
|A303 Ilchester-South Petherton||April 1987–March 1989|
|A303 South Petherton-Broadway (Ilminster bypass)||Summer 1986|
Approximate Start Date
|A303-A30 Marsh-Honiton improvement||April 1989 onwards|
|A30 Honiton-Exeter improvement||April 1989 onwards|
Dual carriageways will be provided wherever this is justified by present and predicted traffic usage.
Studies are in hand to determine what needs to be done to the remaining sections of the route between these planned improvements.