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Have your say on proposals to improve the A38

The A38 Major Road Network scheme represents a series of proposed improvements along the A38 for road users including those that cycle, walk, and use bus services. This major scheme is a joint venture between North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council with the majority of funding coming from the Department for Transport.

The proposed improvements are through interventions at numerous locations as shown on plans on this website for the A38 between South Bristol Link (Colliters Way) in North Somerset and Edithmead roundabout at junction 22 of the M5 motorway in Somerset. This route length has a number of junctions where vehicles regularly experience delays due to congestion plus locations with road safety issues. Furthermore, the A38 also acts as a barrier to both cycling and walking journeys. At present, the above issues have adverse impact upon connectivity of local communities, and local businesses having dependency on this strategic route. The A38 improvement proposals would:
  • Better connect local communities by active travel modes
  • Improve journey reliability times along the A38 corridor
  • Improve road safety for all travel modes
  • Provide environmental enhancements and reduce carbon generation from alleviating traffic congestion
  • Support housing delivery and the regional economy with improved transport infrastructure around J22 of the M5 motorway
Select an option below to find out more about the proposed improvements and have your say.

Key project milestones

Strategic Outline Business Case submission

July 2019

The project partners (North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council) submitted a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) for the A38 route improvements to central Government in July 2019. This document set out the broad case for change along the route and highlighted potential locations for improvement.

Public consultation

Monday 21st June 2021 to 23:59 on Sunday 1st August 2021

People and businesses are invited to have their say on a series of proposed improvements along the stretch of the A38 running from the South Bristol Link to Edithmead Roundabout.

Outline Business Case submission

Autumn 2021

We intend to submit the Outline Business Case for the A38 Major Road Network improvements to central Government in Autumn 2021.

Secure necessary consents

Spring 2022

If the Outline Business Case is successful, we will look to secure all necessary consents to start the work by Spring 2022.

Full Business Case submission

Summer 2022

We will submit the Full Business Case in Summer 2022 to secure sign-off on the funding, which is likely to take 3 months.

Construction phase

October 2023 onwards

After funding is secured, we intend to commence construction in October 2023.

Construction complete

Autumn 2025

If all goes to plan, the route improvements will be fully open and operational by Autumn 2025.

What would you like to do?

Key information

This consultation runs from Monday 21st June 2021 to Sunday 1st August 2021 at 23:59.

If you have any questions or queries about the A38 Major Road Network project or this engagement process, please get in contact or email the project team at