asked Her Majesty's Government:
In the light of the postponement of an agreed scheme for the development of the A303 past Stonehenge, whether they maintain the commitment given in November 2004 by the then Secretary of State for Transport to support the main outcome of the south-west area multimodal study and develop a second strategic route to and from the south-west of England; and
Further to the decision in November 2004 to develop the A358 from Ilminster to Taunton as part of a second strategic route to and from the south-west of England, when they intend to carry out this investment.
Following our decision to give regions a greater role in determining priorities for major transport schemes within indicative funding allocations, it is for the south-west region to advise on the relative priority of proposed improvements to the A305/A358, including on the A358 from Ilminster to Taunton, alongside other schemes in the region. The region advised us in 2006 that funding for these improvements should not be prioritised until the latter end of the period to 2015-16.
The region is currently considering the implications for the A303 /A358 route of our decision in December 2007 to cancel the A303 Stonehenge improvement scheme. The outcome of this work will help to inform decisions on the development of the A303/A358 including the delivery of improvements to the A358 between Ilminster and the M5 at Taunton.