Kingskerswell improvements approved

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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.”

5 comments on “Kingskerswell improvements approved

  1. Chris cook says:

    When is this due to start?

  2. Christian cook says:

    I think the improvements are fantastic and will improve what frankly is a pretty grim, grey and dirty stretch of road. It simply does not make any sense to wait a few years and see what happens, when does the improvement project start?

  3. Delyse Upton says:

    1. We also supported retention of the traffic lights for the following reason:
    Will there be a physical feature to slow vehicles to less than 30mph coming from Newton Abbot direction and turning left around the corner of the proposed roundabout at the junction with Coffinswell Lane which is a blind corner?
    2. There is a private garage which exits directly into Coffinswell Lane just around this corner opposite the Sloop entrance and the residents have to safely negotiate entry and exit. The traffic lights presently provide safe periods to enter and exit the garage. The lights replacement with a roundabout makes it more hazardous.
    3. Similar safety concerns apply for pedestrians crossing lower Coffinswell Lane and also for horse riders who regularly come down Coffinswell Lane and cross to Barnhill Road.
    4. I see mention is made of this area being a ‘shared space’ – what does this mean please?
    Thank you in anticipation of your replies to these questions.

  4. Roger Harding says:

    I attended the display held in our village all I spoke too wanted the traffic lights to stay at Jury’s Corner for the following reasons;
    (1) The crossings are used by all ages, some move very slowly and have poor sight and hearing, some taking small ones to school or play school and some just catching the bus,
    (2) Drivers entering the junction from Barnhill road are slow moving and have poor line of sight towards Torquay if a roundabout replaces the lights there will be more accidents and a child could be killed.
    (3) Why waste money when the lights work well plus if it is the intention to build 200 more houses behind the public hall this could mean 200 more cars using this junction, lights make drivers stop and think roundabouts do not.
    (4) What is the rush why not wait a few years then do another traffic flow exercise as most people I speak too think there will be the nearly the same traffic flow coming through our village and all the new road will have done is remove the HGV,s.
    I look forward to your reply with interest.

    • Thank you for your comments. All the traffic flow forecasts point to the volume of traffic through the village reducing considerably. Yes, new development will add trips, but these are predicted to be small compared to the current flow of traffic. Given this overall reduction in traffic, changes need to be made to the road otherwise traffic will be tempted to drive too fast through the village, posing a serious safety risk.

      There have been two major consultation exercises conducted, and modifications have been made to the proposals in response to the comments we’ve received. Overall there was strong support for the scheme.

      The scheme has been safety audited and we are confident that it will be much more attractive and safe for pedestrians and cyclists compared to the current layout. It has been specifically designed to give these groups, like those you mention, more priority, particularly to and from the primary school, and to keep speeds low.

      thanks again.

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