Council to proceed with planning application for A382 improvements

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Posted on: 10 September 2015

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has approved a preliminary scheme to improve the A382 at Newton Abbot.

The scheme, which is estimated to cost £28.5 million, proposes to widen and realign the road which connects Newton Abbot with the A38 at Drumbridges. The decision enables progress to be made on a planning application and for the Council to start land acquisition.

The layout includes 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 set out in Teignbridge District Council’s adopted Local Plan, much of which will have direct access onto the A382. It will also provide additional capacity to improve safety and journey times on the route. The extension of the Jetty Marsh link will also reduce congestion at Churchill’s roundabout, and a scheme to improve capacity at the A38 / A382 Drumbridges junction is nearing completion.

A shared pedestrian and cycle path and pedestrian and cycle bridges at Forches Cross and the Trago Mills roundabout will aim to encourage more people to use sustainable transport.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “The existing road suffers from high traffic flows and is slow moving during morning and evening rush hour. There are also currently no facilities for pedestrians or cyclists. The proposed improvements would accommodate the future growth which is planned in the area as well as providing people with sustainable travel options.”

The scheme has already attracted £6.5 million from the Heart of the South West Local Transport Board, subject to approval of the full Business Case. Up to £1.4 million is available from Section 106 Agreements from the Hele Park development, and it is expected that £5.1 million will be available from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) towards infrastructure improvements in the area.

It is proposed that the scheme would be delivered in three phases, and the funding already secured would help deliver the first phase, which includes new roundabouts at Forches Cross and Whitehill’s Cross as well as widening of the route in between, the Jetty Marsh Stage 2 and associated footpath and cyclepath improvements.

Phase Two would widen the road from Trago roundabout to Forches Cross, with the footpath/cyclepath extending to Drumbridges, and a bridge across the A382 at Forches Cross. Phase Three would widen the road south of Drumbridge, while upgrading the Trago Mills roundabout and constructing a pedestrian and cycle bridge.

A consultation on the preliminary scheme designs, which included a series of public exhibitions, was held earlier this year. The majority of consultees were satisfied, although concerns were raised over access to Stover School, and also included concerns with traffic flows in nearby villages during construction of the scheme.

Negotiations with landowners affected by the scheme, including Stover School, Stover Golf Club, Sibelco and local farmers, are on-going.

More information is available here.

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