A new simple survey, backed by the Department for Transport, asks a few questions to assist in fact-gathering for Wiltshire Council and John Glen, Salisbury MP to assist with bids for RIS Futures.

Many Salisbury business owners are likely to support the initiative. Letters of support have been received from Somerset Business Chambers and Hampshire Chambers.

Now, after decades of talk, the much-needed Salisbury bypass could be back on the table thanks to the dedication of Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, supported by partners Salisbury BID, Wiltshire Council and the City Council.

At a meeting in Salisbury, Andy Rhind-Tutt, chamber president and former highways engineer, presented Highways England and the Department for Transport with the impact the local road infrastructure has on local businesses and potential visitors. He pointed out that Salisbury is the only city in the country with a major trunk road passing through it.

In his detailed presentation, he explained that a large percentage of the heavy freight traffic heading to the West Country was from Southampton docks but could only go one of three ways –A34 via Stonehenge, A35 via the South Coast or A36 via Salisbury. All three created problems in terms of long delays.

He showed how investing in improvements in existing roads, building a part orbital bypass for Salisbury, connecting all trunk roads and following some of the same route approved in 1994, would remove all traffic congestion in Salisbury, creating a much greener city and trigger investment.

It would provide a solution to the A36 South/North route, and a trunk route to the West Country from the docks, without passing Stonehenge, reducing fuel bills and travel times considerably.

The DFT representative was encouraged by the presentation and explained that for this to be included in the next rounds of roads, infrastructure funding (RIS Futures) it would be helpful to have the presentation with a survey informing how significant the impact is on businesses and visitors along with a cost benefit analysis.

The Chamber’s simple survey would provide the evidence needed and Andy urges every business and member of the public to fill it in.

The survey can be found here: https://surveysystem.insight6.com/app/survey?instancekey=20204A1FC5AA11E99506F23C91C1E19E

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