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Consultation on proposals for new slip road to Lee Mill

Photo of Plymouth Road, Lee Mill

Posted on: 12 November 2020

People have the chance to comment on plans for a new slip road to Lee Mill.

Devon County Council has been exploring the feasibility of developing a new route for eastbound traffic entering Lee Mill and it is launching an online public consultation on Tuesday (17 November) to provide people with a chance to comment on proposals.

A formal eastbound off-slip was never constructed from the Plymouth direction when the A38 Lee Mill junction was built, and Plymouth Road has always been used for access.

However, in recent years Lee Mill Industrial Estate and the village have grown but they remain served by a connecting road which is not fit for purpose, and concerns have been raised over noise, air quality and safety.

Traffic counts have shown that Plymouth Road currently carries 5,400 vehicles a day and is used by nearly two thirds of industrial estate trips. Data also shows that 25% of vehicles travelling along Plymouth Road are goods vehicles; this is significantly higher than expected along what would otherwise be a minor urban road.

The County Council is proposing to stop up the existing eastbound road to prevent access to through-traffic from the A38.

A new A38 eastbound off-slip would be constructed to the east of the existing road which would connect to the industrial estate and the village via a new roundabout. This new roundabout would replace the existing junction where Beech Road and Plymouth Road meet.

To improve cycle links in the area, National Cycle Network Route 2 would cross Beech Road near the proposed roundabout.

Photo of Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Development, Infrastructure and Waste, said: “The existing road was never designed as a slip road to the strategic road network, so we need to consider alternatives. Traffic calming measures have been installed on the road in the past but this road is not suitable for the volume of traffic, and heavy goods vehicles in particular, that are using it. We’re keen for people to give us their views on these proposals so that we can gain an understanding of local opinion.”

Photograph of Councillor John Hart sat at a desk

Councillor John Hart

Devon County Council Leader and local County Councillor John Hart said: “We need a better route into Lee Mill – there’s no doubt about that – and we want to address people’s concerns over safety, air quality and noise. The County Council has drawn up some initial proposals, so this online consultation is an opportunity for people to have their say on what’s being put forward. If there is support for the scheme, we will continue with its design and development while exploring funding options.”

Photo of Councillor Richard Hosking

Councillor Richard Hosking

Councillor Richard Hosking, County Councillor for South Brent and Yealmpton, said: “The proposed new slip road has my unreserved support as it will significantly reduce the volume of traffic through a residential area and facilitate goods access to the Lee Mill Industrial estate.”

The consultation will continue until Friday 18 December and local residents, stakeholders and businesses can take part in the consultation in several ways.

A consultation webinar will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 24 November with a short presentation covering the scheme proposals, followed by a ‘question and answer’ session.

There will also be an online ‘drop-in’ session from 12-2pm on Wednesday 9 December when there will be an opportunity to dial in at any point during the two-hour window to talk to the project team.

Events will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and will be accessible via the internet or by telephone. To register and receive joining instructions for these events please email transportplanning@devon.gov.uk

An online feedback form can be found at devon.cc/leemill (from Tuesday 17 November). Alternatively you can request a paper feedback form or more information by emailing transportplanning@devon.gov.uk by post to Transport Planning, Matford Offices, County Hall, Topsham Rd, Exeter, EX2 4QD or by phone on 0345 155 1004.

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