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A350 Melksham bypass

We're developing a scheme to improve the A350 at Melksham and Beanacre. After seeking the views of residents, businesses and other stakeholders on a variety of options in late 2020/early 2021, the scheme has been worked up in more detail and we asked again for views on the emerging route option during summer 2021. That second engagement exercise has now ended, and we have developed the consultation report which can be found below

Second public consultation

A second public consultation on the proposed A350 Melksham Bypass was held between 23 June 2021 and 8 August 2021. It was launched at the Melksham Board and was primarily an online consultation because of the pandemic. There were two webinars held and two drop-in sessions at Melksham library. Information on the emerging route and the scheme background were provided on the scheme webpage on the council's website which included a link to a questionnaire. Comments could also be made by email or by post. There were 760 responses to the online questionnaire, and 480 emails or written responses, which contained a total of 5,970 comments. 

There were a large number of comments about aspects of the scheme both in the questionnaire and the written responses from the public and organisations, which identified particular concerns about the scheme. In some cases, potential mitigation measures were suggested. The consultation has provided a significant amount of information regarding the views of the local communities and clearly identified the issues that are of most concern locally in connection with the proposals.

Icon for pdf A350 Melksham Bypass - Second Public Consultation Report [1.81MB]

Scheme summary

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, which will be updated as progress is made and as further information becomes available.

Watch a video fly through of the emerging route 

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