A382 improvement scheme given green light

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Posted on: 11 September 2019

Devon County Council’s cabinet has given the go ahead to commence phase one of a programme of measures to improve the A382 between Drumbridges and Newton Abbot.

On Wednesday (11 September) councillors approved the upgrade of the first phase of the A382 Corridor Improvement Scheme between Forches Cross and Whitehill Cross on the edge of Newton Abbot.

The scheme is being designed by Devon County Council (DCC) and funded by DCC, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Teignbridge District Council.

The A382 is a major route connecting Newton Abbot at Churchill’s Roundabout with the A38 at Drumbridges roundabout. The road also forms the main access to a proposed employment site and a large amount of residential development with 2,300 homes planned.

The existing road is unsuitable for high traffic flows and there are currently no facilities for pedestrians or cyclists.

Phase one will include the realignment and widening of the A382 to 10 metres between Forches Cross and Whitehill Cross, and a new roundabout at Ringslade Road.

In addition, a new three-metre wide shared pedestrian and cycle path along the A382 will be added. This path will include a one metre verge separating the path from the road.

Together the A382 Corridor improvements will encourage sustainable travel options including walking and cycling, reduce journey time for vehicles and improve safety.

The scheme is part of Teignbridge District Council’s adopted Local Plan between 2013 and 2033.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure Development and Waste said: “This scheme will improve journey

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

times to the west of Newton Abbot and the shared cycle route will encourage more people to walk and cycle. Cycling is becoming more popular in Devon as a leisure activity and as a viable alternative to car travel by commuters.
“High quality cycle routes segregated from the highway like this will help reduce traffic congestion and help create an environment where cyclists of all abilities and ages feel they travel by bike in safety.”

Leader of Teignbridge District Council, Councillor Gordon Hook, said:

Councillor Gordon Hook

Councillor Gordon Hook

“Teignbridge is undergoing a transformational change, and a programme of town centre investment is now underway in Newton Abbot and this will lead to major investment in its retail and leisure offer, providing an economic boost to the town and surrounding communities.
“Integral to this success is the transport network, and the A382 improvements are a key part of this, helping address existing issues with congestion and allowing sustainable methods of travel through cycling, bus and on foot. We are really pleased to be giving this project our full backing and committing significant funding to the scheme.”

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