£2.2 million road safety scheme backed by councillors

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Posted on: 9 April 2020

A £2.2 million road safety scheme on the A3123 in North Devon has been approved by councillors.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet, at its first virtual on-line meeting, has given its support for improvements between Mullacott Roundabout and Easter Close Cross, as part of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) “Safer Roads Fund” project.

The approval paves the way for detailed design to be completed and for any necessary land to be purchased for the scheme.

The improvements proposed in the scheme include:

• An unlit four-arm rural roundabout at Lynton Cross, which minimises the ecological impact on the adjacent meadow, and ensures no light pollution in the rural area;

• The alignment of the junction at Hore Down Gate will be amended;

• A future consultation will be held on plans to close Oxenpark Lane, up to its connection with the B3230 to overcome safety concerns.

A series of safety measures have already been completed at Berry Down Cross in the last month. This includes the introduction of a 40mph speed limit and signs, solar-powered road studs, which illuminate constantly throughout the hours of darkness, and high friction surfacing. There are also new signs, which are activated by vehicles approaching at excessive speed, to warn drivers of the upcoming bend and the advisable maximum speed of 20mph.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “I’m sure this scheme will be warmly welcomed by everyone who uses this route and we all want to see the number of incidents reduced on this road. The safety measures that have already been introduced at Berry Down Cross have been well received by local residents, and hopefully the further upgrades that we’ve now also approved will provide further safety improvements along the A3123.”

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Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Councillor for Combe Martin Rural, said: “This is wonderful news. After years of campaigning for a roundabout at Lynton Cross, the approval for the scheme is making that a reality. To say I am delighted is an understatement, and patience and determination have now paid off.”

Between 2012 and 2016, there were 27 collisions on the route (including Mullacott Cross roundabout), of which three were fatal or serious injuries. Devon County Council made a successful bid for Department for Transport funding in order to deliver safety improvements on the A3123 in North Devon and A3121 in South Devon.

It is hoped that work on the A3123 scheme can start later this year.

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