Meeting to Discuss the Emerging A350 Bypass

November 24, 2020

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Meeting to Discuss the Emerging A350 Melksham By-pass Scheme

You are cordially invited to attend a meeting organised by Melksham Town Council to discuss the emerging A350 Melksham By-pass scheme - currently undergoing consultation:

The meeting is to be held on Monday 23 November 2020, at 6pm via Zoom.

Steve Wilson, from Wiltshire Council, the Major Highways Project Engineer for the scheme, will address the meeting, make a short presentation and take questions.

Wiltshire Council is currently exploring the potential case for a new bypass to take the A350 around Melksham, and is seeking the views of residents, businesses and other stakeholders on the progress so far, and the various proposed route options. Melksham Town Council are hosting a meeting to help residents understand the issues so they can be involved in the process.

The A350 is one of the most important routes within Wiltshire. It is a primary north-south route with regional significance connecting the south coast (the port of Poole in particular) with the M4 and onwards to Bristol and the Midlands. In Wiltshire it passes around the principal settlements of Chippenham and Trowbridge via the town of Melksham and neighbouring village of Beanacre, and on to Westbury and Warminster. At Melksham, the A350 serves multiple functions. It is not only the main north-south route through the town, but also the main east-west through route (between A365 Western Way and Bath Road). It also provides access to the town centre and retail developments along the A350 itself for local traffic.

It has been a long standing priority for Wiltshire Council to improve north-south connectivity along the A350, but to also recognise the important local function that the existing route serves at Melksham, and issues such as journey time delays and poor reliability, accidents, severance and noise and air quality.

Wiltshire Council has developed an dedicated web page which contains background information regarding the project, which can be accessed via the following link:

The webpage provides access to information packs covering areas such as:

  • A350 route & need for the scheme
  • Objectives & assessment criteria
  • Key physical constraints & full range of options
  • Route information
  • Emerging findings
  • Potential for complementary walk & cycling improvements

Also included on the webpage is a link to an on-line questionnaire, and a series of FAQs regarding the project.

We would encourage you to access the information provided, and to engage with Wiltshire Council by providing your comments, views and suggestions through the on-line questionnaire.

The survey closes on 30th November 2020. At this stage, Wiltshire Council are seeking feedback on the early stages of the scheme – this is not a statutory consultation. If the scheme progresses, statutory consultation will follow in due course.

To access the Town Council meeting that will discuss the bypass follow the link:

Meeting ID: 857 2435 3274    Passcode: 177733