Interconnection with Westbury Station, where the primary London to Plymouth and the Cardiff to Southampton railway lines intersect,
where a road to rail interchange is to be, is short-sightedly ignored by our Wiltshire councillors.
We see for ourselves that there are various comparatively new existing roads around Westbury, that have been built to a full
highway standard, which do not go through residential areas, that could fairly readily be linked-up to effectively make
low-cost relief roads for Westbury and also Yarnbrook and West Ashton. These are usable roads which are existing or are
being constructed anyway.
Why take yet more fresh land? Do you have any thoughts in this regard?
Wiltshire Council had chosen a route through the finest local landscape.
It would have surely known that it would
encounter widespread opposition.
An eastern bypass above all else was a political objective of Wiltshire Council.
The longest local tail-backs at A350 village Yarnbrook would become longer.
More homes are by the more intensive A350 traffic via Melksham than Westbury. An eastern Westbury bypass meant
more traffic for Melksham.
Road hold-ups in Devizes are worse than in Westbury, but also off WC's focus.
WC's eastern Westbury bypass would have urbanised the best countryside.
Yet it could not provide efficient transport links for the employment areas.
Because the eastern bypass route was on the wrong side of the town...
The Council had previously been obliged to acknowledge that the decision for the eastern route is not in accordance
with the development plan for the area.
By wanting to build a main road though a designated Special Landscape Area, WC was ready to spend our money on
counter-productive artificial mitigation.
Wiltshire Council's Eastern Bypass was planned to be through the Westbury water supply zone.
WC's dud scheme was a hazard for all of us in the area. Our water supply is interlinked.
Already high projected costs were set to soar.