Detailed proposals released for North Devon Link Road improvement

Up to 50 per cent of the North Devon Link Road between Bideford and South Molton could see the introduction of overtaking lanes under Devon County Council proposals. Picture: Andy Keeble
Up to 50 per cent of the North Devon Link Road between Bideford and South Molton could see the introduction of overtaking lanes under Devon County Council proposals. Picture: Andy Keeble

Up to half of the A361/A39 would have overtaking lanes, no right turns allowed and greatly improved junctions are among the Devon County Council proposals for the North Devon Link Road – have your say at consultations this June

Up to 50 per cent of the North Devon Link Road between Bideford and South Molton could see the introduction of overtaking lanes under Devon County Council proposals. Picture: Tony Gussin Up to 50 per cent of the North Devon Link Road between Bideford and South Molton could see the introduction of overtaking lanes under Devon County Council proposals. Picture: Tony Gussin

More details have been revealed for a proposed £250million scheme to improve North Devon Link Road as a public consultation is launched today (Friday).

Devon County Council is putting forward a scheme to upgrade the route between South Molton and Bideford and is giving people the opportunity to have their say before an application is made to the Department for Transport.

The proposed upgrades would see up to half of the route developed with alternating overtaking opportunities, compared to the current 10 per cent.

All right turn movements across the Link Road would be removed with junctions and roundabouts improved to increase capacity or allow turning traffic to filter freely from the main road.

Although the scheme cost is £250m, the council has said it could be built in phases.

Public consultations will be held at Green Lanes in Barnstaple on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17 for 9am-5pm, at Bideford Town Hall on Tuesday, June 20 (noon-8pm) and South Molton Amory Centre on Friday, June 23 (noon-8pm).

There will also be an unmanned exhibition at Taw View from Monday, July 24 for one week.

The scheme in more detail

South Molton to Barnstaple: An option is being put forward to widen the road to provide more overtaking opportunities and to improve the junctions.

This would consist of - The Borner’s Bridge Junction would be upgraded to a roundabout. With this new roundabout in place, right turns in and out of the Hacche Lane access would be banned to improve the safety of the junction.

Between Filleigh Viaduct and Swimbridge Cutting, there are opportunities to widen three miles of the road to provide overtaking opportunities.

The current favoured option to improve West Buckland Junction is for an overbridge to enable the right turn and crossing movements to take place without conflicting with Link Road traffic.

Between Swimbridge and Landkey, 1.2 miles of road could be widened to provide overtaking opportunities.

Between Landkey Junction and Portmore Roundabout, the road would be widened to provide three lanes with overtaking.

In addition a roundabout would be provided at the Landkey Junction to improve the safety of the junction and be a catalyst to the development at Westacott.

Around Barnstaple: The section around Barnstaple has traffic flows of around 25,000 vehicles per day and a large amount of development is planned which will require additional road capacity. Junctions would be improved and the existing road would be widened to provide two lanes in each direction with a central double white line.

This is a high capacity urban four lane road with a speed restriction.

The road would be widened between Portmore Roundabout and a proposed new roundabout to the west of the existing junction with Brynsworthy Lane.

Capacity would be increased at Bishop’s Tawton Roundabout.

Barnstaple to Bideford: The road would be widened to provide further overtaking opportunities and to improve the junctions.

Between the new Brynsworthy Roundabout and Westleigh Junction, the road would be widened to accommodate the 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 said: “Previous consultation and our initial studies have enabled us to focus on specific areas of the route, and we now want to hear people’s views on the scheme option we’re proposing for the section between South Molton and Bideford.

“This is a vital scheme for the future growth of northern Devon’s economy and feedback will help us further develop a preferred option for the Outline Business Case.”

No improvements are being considered between Tiverton and South Molton at this stage, as it carries the lowest volume of traffic with around 15,000 vehicles per day.

People can also leave their comments via https://new.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay

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