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Roundswell roundabout improvements begin this month

PUBLISHED: 12:14 08 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:14 08 January 2014

Widening of the Roundswell roundabout on the outskirts of Barnstaple is set to begin on January 20.

Widening of the Roundswell roundabout on the outskirts of Barnstaple is set to begin on January 20.

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The roadworks on the busy A39 roundabout are set to last six months as major improvement work gets underway.

Widening of the Roundswell roundabout on the outskirts of Barnstaple is set to begin on January 20. Widening of the Roundswell roundabout on the outskirts of Barnstaple is set to begin on January 20.

A MAJOR £1.2million project to fix congestion problems at Roundswell Roundabout will begin at the end of the month.

The work, which is expected to take six months to complete, will involve some lane closures and will start on January 20.

The scheme, which is funded by Pinch Point Government funding, includes enlarging the roundabout and increasing the approach roads from the east and west from two to three lanes.

This will accommodate two lanes of straight ahead traffic to enter and exit the A39 and will ease the pressure on the road network.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “Roundswell Roundabout is one of the busiest in northern Devon, and the need for these improvements was identified in the Local Transport Plan.

“This scheme will increase the capacity of the roundabout to tackle the congestion during peak times and reduce delays.

“It will also encourage traffic to use the A39 and A361 Western bypass to travel across town, rather than the route via Cedars roundabout and Sticklepath Hill.”

The scheme is thought to open up access for future development, including delivering around 1,100 homes and 3,000 jobs.

Plans were first approved by the county council in January 2013, and in September the funding was secured for the scheme.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “This scheme is critical for proposed employment and housing growth in North Devon and Torridge over the next 15 to 20 years and will be a great boost to local businesses.

“Upgrading Roundswell Roundabout will not only benefit the local economy and keep Devon moving, but it will also improve access in and out of Roundswell Business Park, which will facilitate future growth of the business park.”

The work will be carried out by local company Roadform Construction Ltd. As well as the carriageway widening, work will also include new drainage, signing and landscaping.

It is hoped that traffic disruption will be kept to a minimum, especially during daytime hours.

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