THE DEADLINE to have your say on the proposed Melksham A350 bypass is closing this weekend.

Online consultation into the Melksham A350 bypass is due to finish on Sunday, August 8 but residents are still encouraged to have their voices heard.

Wiltshire Council held two face-to-face consultations at the Melksham library over July and August to hear the opinions of residents on the preferred option for the road.

Cabinet member for transport, Cllr Dr Mark McClelland said the council wanted as many people to voice their voices as possible on the plans.

“The proposed A350 Melksham bypass will help to improve connectivity on this important north-south route through Wiltshire, and it will reduce journey times, ease congestion and improve air quality in the town,” the cabinet member added.

The current round of consultation is focusing on the 10c option – which was the preferred route of 18 decided in consultation between November 2020 and January 2021.

This is the long route to the east of Melksham and the many “alignments” at the northern end of the proposed bypass.

Option 10c, the report says, offers “good value for money” and that “suitable mitigation measures” could offer a viable option for the scheme.

Alternative routes were proposed by residents during the consultation, but it was stated that these were considered unsuitable in meeting the council’s transport goals.

The consultation can be accessed by clicking here.

A video of the preferred route is also available to watch on YouTube.