Speed cameras being installed on the South Devon Highway
Posted on: 22 January 2019
Work to install average speed cameras on the A380 South Devon Highway has started this week.
The cameras are being installed on the A380, between the Penn Inn flyover and Hamelin Way, Torquay, to reduce traffic speeds.
The majority of work will be carried out overnight from 7:30pm to 6am using lane closures. However, there will be occasions when the road will need to be fully closed overnight from 8pm to 6am to enable work to be carried out on the camera gantries. Full overnight closures will be signed in advance, with the first one scheduled for the week commencing Monday 11 February. A diversion will be in place via the A381 and A385 through Newton Abbot and Totnes.
Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon County Council agreed the introduction of average speed cameras following concerns raised about the potential for serious injury collisions due to the speed of traffic since the road opened in 2015. Although the road has been engineered to current standards, the speed limit was reduced to cater for alignment issues raised due to the topography of the route.
As part of the project, speed limit repeater signs are being increased in size. Safety camera warning signs will also be provided to make road users aware of the cameras and the need to comply with the speed limit.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:
“It’s great to see this work underway. I had tasked our officers to look at speed enforcement on the South Devon Link Road and it has been considered several times by the Teignbridge HATOC in order to address the concern of local residents. Not only does speeding traffic put other road users at risk but it also creates noise during unsocial hours. Mobile enforcement was considered but would require hardstanding laybys, and the preference was for average speed camera technology.
Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, County Councillor for Ipplepen and The Kerswells, said:
“This great news will be welcomed by all residents in Kingskerswell who will be able to enjoy a quieter, less polluted life. The stress of the journey through Kingskerswell will be lessened for all drivers on this fine new road – anyone who has used the A380 recently will be aware of the spate of accidents and I am sure that this will contribute to a safer, quieter and less polluting driving experience.”
Councillor Gordon Hook, County Councillor for Newton Abbot South, said:
“It’s absolutely right that we should go down this path and the sooner the better. But we also need other measures with better signage starting sooner, and there could also be more tree planting to reduce the noise from the road. It will bring some relief to those people who are suffering.”
A recent safety audit identified that speeds approaching Penn Inn were high and there had been a number of collisions in the area. As a result of the audit, the 50mph speed limit will also be moved approximately 500 metres north on Besigheim Way.
Speed limits are also being amended on Torquay Road, at the junction with Aller Brake Road, in order to make the speed limit more consistent for drivers.
Work on the scheme is expected to be completed by the end of February.
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