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The A37 is a major road in southern Englandmarker. It runs north from the A35 at Dorchestermarker in Dorsetmarker into Somersetmarker through Yeovilmarker and Shepton Malletmarker before terminating at the Three Lamps junction with the A4marker in central Bristolmarker. The road is entirely single carriageway, except in the Yeovil and Bristol built-up areas, at Ilchestermarker (where it multiplexes with the A303), and the approach to Dorchester.

The road today

The road is subject to a stream of speed restrictions where it winds through a number of small villages. These parts of the road can be dangerous, especially where wide vehicles pass on sections where buildings are close to the road.

History

The original A37 in 1922 started in Weymouthmarker, however, the section to Dorchestermarkerwas soon renumbered A354, presumably to create a link between the major port of Weymouth and the A30 at Salisburymarker, from where the route would continue to Londonmarker. Such a route has now been superseded by the M27 and M3.

Between Yeovil an Ilchestermarker the route follows that of the Fosse Way.

One of the worst accident spots on the A37 was the A371 junction just south of Shepton Malletmarker. The junction was always very busy and suffered long traffic queues due to the nature of the road. The junction was also a point where traffic would converge or pass through from multiple locations, this was further invoked by the A361 Glastonburymarker junction which backed right onto the first junction. This muddled configuration resulted in numerous road traffic accidents, many of which were fatal.

After a long campaign for the junction to be replaced, a roundabout was constructed in 1999 significantly improving road safety and traffic flow. There have been few other construction schemes on the road in recent decades.

In recent years the most of the overtaking lanes, provided on steep stretches, just south of Bristolmarker have been blocked out with chevrons.

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