As a regular user of the A303 from the south west to the south east, I read your article (NCE last week) with interest.
I completely agree with your sentiments, until you get to Ilminster. Then you go wide of the mark, and place engineers and our Institution in a poor light.
It makes much more sense to dual the short section of A358 from Ilminster to the M5 at Taunton rather than dual the A303 for many more miles through an area of outstanding natural beauty. Even local business and transport groups agree.
The south west regional government is voting on which of the two options to back and by the time this letter is printed the locally chosen route will be known. But even if it does tarmac the Blackdown hills, the route choice was not as clear cut as your article has made out.
I strongly suggest that if we do wish to back 'Stop the Transport Cuts', let us at least get facts right.
David G Hooper (M), senior project manager, Wyvern Waste Services 15-17 Silver Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3DH