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Is a link from the A36 to the A46 a good idea?

posted 12 May 2018, 00:42 by Parish Council Communications
Around twenty-five years ago the combined forces of common sense and public opinion saw off the prospect of a direct link between the A36 and A46. It would have meant spoiling the northern end of the Avon/Limpley Stoke valley, greatly increased traffic, and even more damage to the A36 as it winds its way southwards along the western slope. It was to have been part of a package that included improvements to the southern end of the A46, a two-level interchange where the A4 meets the A46, and the Batheaston bypass. The project was the subject of a public enquiry. Almost all parts were built but the inspector ruled against the leap across the valley to the A36 and the then  Department for Transport accepted his ruling.

But it has never really gone away. There are those who believe that a direct link between the A36 and A46 would relieve congestion and pollution in Bath. 

Any link would have the status of a trunk road, owned and managed by Highways England (HE), until recently the Highways Agency. HE’s construction programme of works for 2015 to 2020 has been set some time ago and does not include a link between the A36 and A46. They are currently drawing up what is called their Route Investment Strategy (RIS) for 2020 to 2025. What will be included for discussion hasn’t been decided – and The Valley Parishes Alliance is determined that should an A36/A46 link be included, the many very good reasons against it will be heard.

The Valley Parishes Alliance was formed in April 2010. It is a cross-county border alliance of seven rural parishes (five B&NES – including Freshford - and two Wiltshire). Taken together, the seven parish councils which form the VPA represent over 7,000 residents (and over 5,500 electors).

Any resident interested in finding out more can view the  VPA submissions to the Strategic Route Network consultation on this website.