Application to be submitted for A382 improvements

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Posted on: 14 March 2016

A planning application for a scheme to improve the A382 is due to be submitted this week. (w/c Mon 14 March)

Devon County Council’s scheme to widen and realign the road which connects Newton Abbot with the A38 at Drumbridges is expected to go before the Council’s Development Management Committee later this year.

A number of changes were made to the preliminary designs of the scheme following feedback from a consultation last year.

The proposed £28.5 million scheme involves widening the route between Trago Mills roundabout and Whitehill’s Cross, as well as a two-lane dual carriageway on the section of the road between Drumbridges and the Trago Mills roundabout.

The improvements will support the housing and employment development included in Teignbridge District Council’s adopted Local Plan, much of which will access the A382. The Jetty Marsh stage two link from the A382 to West Golds Way (near the Hospital), will be extended to reduce congestion at Churchill’s roundabout. The plans also feature a shared pedestrian and cycle path, connecting to new facilities at Drumbridges and other routes into Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton, as well as a cycle/pedestrian bridge at Forches Cross.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “Creating additional capacity on the A382 will support the planned growth around this area, while also improving safety, journey times, resilience and reliability of the road. It also provides sustainable transport options with the pedestrian and cycle links, as well as facilitating a park and change site at Forches Cross, enabling people to travel into Newton Abbot by bus, cycle or car sharing.”

Councillor Eve Barisic, Devon County Councillor for Newton Abbot North, said: “I am very pleased that the widening of the A382 is nearing fruition. Many residents have spoken with me about traffic problems into Newton Abbot and this should go some way to facilitate the increased volume of

Councillor Eve Barisic

Councillor Eve Barisic

traffic caused by the growth of the town. The inclusion of cycle routes and a park and change site should ease congestion further and benefit the environment.”

The project is proposed to be delivered in three phases. The first phase would be delivered with £1.4 million funding from developer contributions, £6.5 from the Heart of the South West LEP’s Growth Deal and £5.1 million from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This includes new roundabouts at Forches Cross and Whitehill’s Cross, as well as widening of the route in between, the Jetty Marsh stage two link and associated pedestrian and cycle path improvements.

Phase two would widen the road from Trago roundabout to Forches Cross, with footpath/cyclepath extending to Drumbridges, and a bridge across the A382 at Forches Cross. The final phase would widen the road south of Drumbridges and upgrade the Trago Mills roundabout.

Subject to planning approval, construction work is scheduled to start in 2018.

More information is available here.

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