Essential closure of Blundell’s Road in Tiverton

Blundell's Road, TivertonBlundell’s Road, Tiverton

Posted on: 19 August 2016

Road users are being reminded that Blundell’s Road in Tiverton will be closed to through traffic for five days from Monday (22 August).

The closure is needed to carry out essential resurfacing as part of road safety and traffic calming improvements to reduce speeds and make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road.

The first phase of the £1.1 million scheme is establishing a 20mph limit in the area around Blundell’s Road, extending into Tidcombe Lane. Raised table traffic-calming is being introduced on Blundell’s Road, and the road is being narrowed outside of the school and in the areas where the raised tables are located. A new puffin crossing is also being installed near Blundell’s School.

The remainder of this first phase of the scheme will be carried out either side of Blundell’s School during September and October. Temporary traffic lights will be in place for the majority of this work, although a closure will again be needed to complete surfacing work, starting on Monday 24 October.

The work is being carried out by SIAC Construction Ltd.

15 comments on “Essential closure of Blundell’s Road in Tiverton

  1. Alan Bartle says:

    I agree that the so-called safety measures have been painful for locals and if my journey into Tiverton from Tidcombe Lane down Blundell’s Road is to be typical then there is an accident waiting to happen as students AND staff are crossing just about anywhere except at the crossing. I imagine the 20 mph is going to be monitored, what about the pedestrians??? So much for ‘improvements’.

  2. Pete says:

    What a waste of money when there are far more important improvements that it could have been spent on like lights at Bickleigh Bridge, the widening of the bridge on Station Road at Willand, which is often being knocked down, and potholes etc

    • Dear Pete,
      Thank you for your comments. The reason for the traffic calming measures is to reduce the volume and speed of traffic, improve pedestrian safety and to make it easier for people to use their bikes.

      The improvements are needed ahead of the delivery of the new homes, retail development and employment land planned in the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension (Tiverton EUE) between the A361, Manley Lane, the Grand Western Canal and West Manley Lane.

      We carried out a public consultation earlier in the year and of the 300 people who responded 55% supported a 20mph zone and raised tables on Blundells Road, while just over 59% agreed with proposals for a 20mph zone on Blundells Avenue. A further 55% supported environmental enhancements at Blundell’s School campus.

      For more information please follow this link: http://devon.cc/gptl6

      Thanks for your interest

  3. Penelope says:

    Is it ever going to end? Please tell me what the big improvements are as do far I can’t see much.

  4. Gordon Clayton says:

    Can I drive from Gornhay Orchard to Town centre via Tidcombe Lane from 20/10/16. My wife has a hospital appointment at Tiverton Hospital on 21st.

    • Hi Gordon. There’ll be a road closure from Monday the 24th October until Friday 28th October. So the answer is yes to driving down today (20th October) and tomorrow (the 21st) and Saturday and Sunday, but not from Monday of next week. The actual diversion route will change during the week as the works progress but will always take you around the site works. Thanks.

  5. Carolyn Hawes says:

    We joined blundells Road at Manley Lane yesterday heading towards Tiverton there was one sign saying that the road ahead was closed no diversion signs whatsoever and as for stop go lights there was none as result traffic was chaos

  6. G Franklin says:

    Are there going to be any bus services available Tiverton – Post Hill – Hallberton etc?

    • Hi Gerry, Stagecoach bus services are diverting via Tidcombe Lane and Canal Hill, so buses are still serving Post Hill. The frequency and timetable remains unchanged.

  7. marjolein says:

    No notice of closure is given coming from Halberton. For a lot of people this would be the main road into Tiverton.

  8. Alan Bartle says:

    Where are details of diversion routes? The last few weeks have been terrible for locals – I shudder to think what next week will bring!!

    • Hi Alan, The official signed diversion is via Heathcoate Way (A396), Gornhay Junction A361, A361 East, M5 / A361 Junction 27, A361 West, Exit Sampford Peverell, Lower Town, Turnpike (C769), High Street Halberton, Post Hill Blundells Road (C769) and vice versa. You can view the route at https://roadworks.org/

  9. Angela Mulligan says:

    I think you need to remind drivers that red lights mean ‘stop’, as a lot of drivers using this road with the temporary lights on at the moment don’t seem to know this! It’s very dangerous driving through there at the moment. Some drivers aren’t stopping at the red lights, and are jumping the queues when the lights are red!

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