Scheme to widen and add shared cycle route to Newton Abbot’s ‘gateway’ approved

Posted on: 15 February 2019

Plans to widen ‘the gateway’ to Newton Abbot, a section of the A382 Exeter Road, has been approved by Devon County Council’s cabinet.

The scheme, approved on Friday 15 February, will also widen the existing footway between Whitehill Close and Churchills Roundabout, creating a shared pedestrian and cycle path.

The proposals follow a public consultation last autumn in which 62 per cent of respondents were positive about the plans.

The A382 is the main connection between Newton Abbot and the A38 on the Strategic Road Network. It provides the link to Heathfield Industrial Estate and the emerging new development.

Exeter Road forms a key part of this route and the scheme will improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

It will also bring the road up to the standard needed for new homes and economic growth outlined in the adopted Local Plan.

The scheme will widen the road to 6 metres and the footway to 3.5m to allow room for the shared footway and cycleway.

A new pedestrian refuge island to the north of Whitehill Close will also be built.

The Exeter Road improvements will cost an estimated £2.4million.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Infrastructure said:

Phto of Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

“A wider road will improve both highway safety and carriageway capacity while the shared path will improve pedestrian and cycle access from Whitehill Close to bus services on the A382, making it easier for people to travel sustainably from their homes to Newton Abbot town centre.”

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