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Two new roads approved in Taunton
Two new highway schemes costing 28m have been approved for Taunton by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Work is due to begin on the Taunton Third Way in July 2008 and will continue for 14 months.

The Taunton Northern Inner Distributor Road (NIDR) will follow a year after with a finish date 18 months later.

The Taunton Third Way will provide a new route north to south next to the town centre with a new bridge over the River Tone.

Brownfield development

The road will also give improved access to the Tangier area of Taunton and allow future off- peak pedestrianisation of the centre of the town.

The Northern Inner Distributor Road, will provide a new east to west route between Staplegrove Road and Priory Avenue, which runs parallel to the railway, providing relief to the congested areas of Greenway Road and Priorswood Road.

It will also provide access to areas of brownfield land for development which is considered essential to the development of the Vision for Taunton.

Both routes were the subject of a combined bid for funding to the Secretary of State for Transport in July 2005.

The bids were supported through the South West Regional Assembly prioritisation process and were included in recommendations to the Minister from the Regional Assembly.

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