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A350 Melksham bypass

We're exploring the options available to improve the A350 at Melksham including the potential for case for a new bypass to take the A350 around Melksham, and after seeking the views of residents, businesses and other stakeholders on our progress so far, and the various proposed route options we are now developing an Outline Business Case for the project.

The A350 is one of the most important routes in Wiltshire.  It is a primary north-south route with regional significance connecting the south coast 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 longstanding priority for the 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.

This page contains background information about this project, and will be updated as progress is made and as further information becomes available.

Public consultation November 2020 - January 2021

Between November 2020 and January 2021, we undertook an initial consultation exercise regarding the potential improvements. We received more than 1,000 questionnaire responses, and 175 additional written submissions.

Download the full consultation report here: Icon for pdf A350 Melksham bypass consultation report [744.86KB]

Download the consultation report appendices here: Icon for pdf A350 Melksham bypass consultation report appendices [907.95KB]

Legacy documents for reference

 Icon for pdf Melksham Bypass Consultation Information Pack [3.34MB]

 Icon for pdf Melksham Bypass information on Options 7 to 10 [7.22MB]

Icon for pdf Consultation launch presentation A350 - Melksham Area Board 4 November 2020 [1.43MB]

Icon for pdf A350 Melksham Bypass Strategic Outline Business Case 2017 [1.85MB]

Icon for pdf A350 Melksham Bypass Strategic Outline Business Case 2017 Appendices [5.79MB]

Icon for pdf A350 Melksham Bypass Strategic Outline Business Case 2019 Addendum Full [12.75MB]