North Devon Link Road consultation nears deadline

North Devon Link Road

Posted on: 11 July 2017

With just over two weeks remaining of a public consultation on improvements to the North Devon Link Road, Devon County Council is urging everyone to get involved and have their say.

The deadline to comment on the proposals is Friday 28 July.

Feedback from the consultation will enable the County Council to refine the scheme. The preferred scheme will be recommended to the County Council’s Cabinet later in the year for approval and inclusion in an Outline Business Case to be submitted to the Department for Transport in December.

The County Council is consulting on a scheme option to upgrade the route between South Molton and Bideford by increasing overtaking opportunities, improving junctions and removing all right-turn movements across the link road. The improvements would increase capacity, reduce congestion and journey times, reduce the potential for accidents and increase resilience. They would also support growth by providing access to development sites at South Molton, Barnstaple and Bideford.

The proposals will be on display at an unmanned exhibition at Taw View from Monday 24 July until Friday 28 July. Four public exhibitions have already been held.

The scheme proposals include –

Widening the road between Filleigh Viaduct and Swimbridge Cutting, Swimbridge and Landkey and Landkey Junction and Portmore Roundabout. Junctions at Borner’s Bridge and Landkey would be upgraded to roundabouts and there would be a grade separated junction at West Buckland.

The existing road around Barnstaple would be widened to provide two lanes in each direction with a central double white line. This would be a high capacity urban four lane road with a speed restriction. Bishop’s Tawton Roundabout would also be improved by increasing the size, and a new roundabout could be provided east of Brynsworthy Lane to provide access to the proposed development.

The road between the new Brynsworthy Roundabout and Westleigh Junction would be widened to provide further overtaking on a proposed two plus one carriageway.

Westleigh Junction would be improved by widening the road to create an additional westbound lane through the junction. The existing Heywood Road roundabout would be improved by widening the approaches to increase capacity.

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste Management, said: “Because of the importance of this route on northern Devon’s economy we want to hear from as many people as possible. With just over two weeks of the consultation remaining, if you haven’t taken part, then please do so while there’s still time. It’s a good opportunity to have a look at the scheme option and provide us with feedback which can help inform the Outline Business Case which will go to the Department for Transport.”

The Outline Business Case will prioritise sections of the preferred scheme. This is likely to result in three separate costed options being submitted with one being a preferred option. If the application is successful and government funding is available, the preferred option will be further developed and planning permission sought.

More information on the scheme is available here.

Consultation questionnaires can be completed online at , or sent to Transport Planning, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD

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