Wiltshire Council to ‘significantly improve’ 3 Salisbury junctions

WILTSHIRE Council is due to launch a consultation on proposed improvements to three road junctions in the Salisbury area later this month.

The proposals would see Exeter Street roundabout, Harnham Gyratory, and Park Wall junction all reconfigured to increase capacity, improve journey times and reduce queues for motor vehicles, while at the same time improving facilities for walking and cycling and linking the city’s active travel routes.

The consultation will begin on Thursday June 17, with a presentation at the online Salisbury Area Board meeting, at 6pm. People are welcome to attend the meeting to find out more about the scheme and ask questions.

Following the area board, there will be two public webinars that people can sign up for in advance to ask questions and find out more.

Plans will ‘significantly improve’ junctions

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The proposals to improve these three junctions in Salisbury are at an early stage, which is why we want to engage with the public now to hear their views.

“The plans will significantly improve the junctions for motor vehicles, as the junctions will be widened to increase capacity and reduce congestion and improve journey times.

“The improvements will also boost cycling and walking in the city, linking with other key routes and residential areas, and making it easier to get around Salisbury by bike and on foot.

“If approved, the project is expected to cost around £15m, which is significant investment to improve the city of Salisbury.”

‘Range of projects to reinvigorate city’

Cllr McClelland says these plans are part of a wider range of projects that will help to “reinvigorate the city”, including the Future High Street Fund projects to improve Fisherton Street and the station welcome for visitors, the River Park project to alleviate flooding and provide leisure facilities and the development of a cultural quarter in the city.

He added: “The views of the public and stakeholders in the city will be used along with other criteria to help form the Outline Business Case (OBC) that we will take to the Department for Transport (DfT).

“DfT will then review the OBC and decide whether to award funding for the project, with a decision expected by the end of the year. If approved, we would then put together a Full Business Case and work would start in autumn 2023 and be completed in winter 2024 – though of course, these dates could change.

“This is part of a range of projects in Salisbury that will help to reinvigorate the city – these include

“I’d urge anyone in Salisbury and the surrounding areas with an interest in improving transport for all in their city to attend the area board, join an online event, or look at the information on our website and take part in this consultation and help secure this investment.”

The public engagement events for the project are as follows:

  • Thursday, June 17, 6pm: Salisbury Area Board online meeting
  • Thursday, June 24, 3pm: webinar 1
  • Tuesday, June 29, 6pm: webinar 2

To sign up for the online engagement events, click here.

The consultation will end at 11.59pm on Sunday, July 18.

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