Business and Economy

Work underway on new junction

Photo of construction work on new junctions

Posted on: 12 January 2021

Work has started on the next junction to be developed as part of the infrastructure development on the outskirts of Exeter.

The School Access Junction is a new signalised junction off the A379, between the Devon Hotel Roundabout and the existing junction with Chudleigh Road.

It is part of the £55 million infrastructure project to the south west of Exeter which will enable the development of 2,500 homes and employment.

This latest junction will support the construction of a new all-through school including both primary and secondary provision and new homes.

Photo of Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “It’s vital this infrastructure is in place in order to deliver new homes, the new all-through school and jobs, as we try and ensure our economy makes a strong recovery from the current pandemic. Good progress is being made on site and it’s excellent to see work starting on this latest junction.”

Most of the work will be carried out using lane closures and a contraflow system in place on the A379 to the west of the Devon Hotel roundabout, similar to the arrangements being used for the development of the Eastern Junction which is currently ongoing. Some overnight closures may also be needed.

Contractor South West Highways will carry out construction of the School Access Junction, and work is expected to be completed by the summer.

As further phases of the wider scheme progress, new roads and additional junctions will be developed, existing routes will be upgraded, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge will be installed and a new public park will also be established.

The scheme is being funded from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, administered by Homes England, following a successful bid by Devon County Council.

A planning application for the school has been submitted by the Department for Education.

For more information please visit the south west Exeter infrastructure project webpages.

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