|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Stoke sub Hamdon (ST480189)|
|Distance:||5.9 miles (9.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The A3088 is an interesting road in east Somerset, whose current route is entirely a bypass of the road's original course.
Yeovil - Stoke sub Hamdon
The road starts at Horsey Roundabout at the southern end of Yeovil's dualled Queensway link road, which is a multiplex of the A30 and A37, with the former number dominant. From the roundabout, the A3088 heads west, initially on a non-primary dual carriageway, but it soon narrows at the second set of traffic lights. After the third set of lights, subsequent junctions are just give way, with the A3088, Lysander Road, maintaining priority.
We now reach the Lysander Roundabout, where the non-primary A3088 meets the primary A3088 spur which links southwards along Watercombe Lane to the A30 (and indeed takes primary status from that road). Remaining primary, we follow the imaginatively titled 'Western Relief Road' around lots more trading estates. At another roundabout at the end of the Western Relief Road, the A3088 turns left onto an old railway line.
The A3088 is a busy road, full of slow traffic, with no overtaking opportunities. It gives the impression of being built in a cutting, although that may just be the tall trees along either side, so any hope of widening would be expensive. There is just one junction (a minor road to serve Montacute) on the 4-mile run up to the Cartgate Roundabout and the A303, where the A3088 ends.
The modern A3088 has a completely different route to the original which ran from the Fiveways Roundabout down Preston Road then onto New Road before crossing the modern route on an overbridge. It then ran to the A303 through Montacute and Stoke sub Hambdon (where there was a junction with the B3165, now the A356) before ending at a junction on the A303 near Petherton Bridge.
The railway along which the modern road runs, the Yeovil to Taunton line, fell victim to the Beeching Axe and was closed in 1964. After this, the modern route of the A3088 was constructed.