Kingskerswell improvements approved
Posted on: 9 September 2015
“Get on with the job” was the clear message at Devon County Council Cabinet today (Wednesday 9 September) as plans for highway improvements in Kingskerswell were approved.
Councillors agreed the £581,000 scheme to introduce traffic calming and pedestrian and cycling facilities on Newton Road and Torquay Road in Kingskerswell. Support was also given to advertise a Traffic Regulation Order to reduce the speed limit through the village from 40mph to 30mph.
With traffic through the village of Kingskerswell expected to drop significantly once the South Devon Highway has opened later this year, the scheme will aim to change the character of the road from a through route to one that meets the needs of local travel.
Two rounds of public consultation were held on the proposals last year, which have helped shape the scheme. It includes the construction of a number of pedestrian crossings, two shared space areas at the junctions with Moor Park Road and Cole’s Lane, and the removal of the signalised junction at Jurys Corner to be replaced with a shared space area.
It also includes the widening of cycle lanes through the village as the road will form an important link in the local cycle network, connecting the village to Newton Abbot and Torquay including employment sites, secondary schools and rail stations.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This scheme is an important element of the overall South Devon Link Road and will help to give the village back to the people that live there. We’ve carried out extensive local consultation and there have been high levels of support for the proposals. These improvements will create the conditions to encourage more walking, cycling and use of public transport, but there are also benefit for local drivers with junction improvements and greater priority from side roads. Doing nothing is not an option, otherwise, if the road was left as it is it would result in high traffic speeds and poor safety.”
Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, local County Councillor for Teignbridge South, said: “This is an incredibly important project and represents the end of 50 years of traffic disruption for this long-disadvantaged community. The level of public consultation was very high and so many people visited the two days of the consultation that we couldn’t count them, and there has been a groundswell among the community to green up the area. Changing this road from a trunk road to a local road will make a massive difference and it needs to be completed and opened as soon as possible.”
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