Road safety scheme designed for A3123

Photo of a 40mph sign

Posted on: 5 November 2019

Preliminary designs have been drawn up for a road safety scheme on the A3123 in North Devon.

The £2.2 million scheme for the A3123, which connects the North Devon Link Road to Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, is receiving Safer Roads Funding from the Department for Transport, following a successful bid from Devon County Council.

Original plans which proposed to improve the section from Lynton Cross and Hore Down Gate to Two Potts, Berrydown, have had to be modified as a number of utility services would have had to be relocated which would have exceeded the available budget.

The updated design at Lynton Cross places priority of the junction back with the A3123, but still provides a safe crossing point for the B3230. It also gives the County Council the opportunity to close the Hore Down Gate to Two Potts road and remove accidents from these junctions.

As part of this project, several safety measures will also be introduced at Berrydown. These will include vehicle actuated signs and chevrons, new high friction surfacing, illuminated cats eyes and a new 40mph speed limit.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Between 2012 and 2016, there were 27 collisions on the route if you include the Mullacott Cross roundabout, so it’s vital that we make improvements on the A3123. Following the most recent crash at Berrydown, the County Council has also expanded the proposed scheme to include a number of innovative solutions at this location.”

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Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, County Councillor for Combe Martin Rural, said: “This route is not only essential for residents but also visitors and businesses, those of us who regularly use it are very aware of the nature of the road and the amount of incidents which occur on it. The safety improvements at Berrydown are very much welcomed. It is very good news for us all in the area that this road will receive this vital funding.”

Devon County Council has also received £1.9 million of Safer Roads Funding for improvements on the A3121 in the South Hams. These scheme improvements were approved by the County Council in September.

Both the A3123 and A3121 are rural routes that suffer from higher than average speeds, sub-standard alignment and a lack of physical segregation between vehicles.

Funding for the A3123 will be available in the next financial year (2020 to 2021).

1 comment on “Road safety scheme designed for A3123

  1. Paul Haines says:

    How stupid. The B3230 is a very busy road. Did anybody actually count the cars at the junction? Making a staggered junction like this is beyond belief. 27 collisions between 2012 and 2016, is under 5 a year over the length of a road that is very heavily used by holidaymakers, not all at this junction at all.

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