THE impact on traffic of the Barnstaple Western Bypass and Taw Bridge has surpassed expectations, Devon County Councillors have been told. Today (Friday) marks the first anniversary of the opening of the £42 million landmark scheme, one of the biggest eng

THE impact on traffic of the Barnstaple Western Bypass and Taw Bridge has surpassed expectations, Devon County Councillors have been told.Today (Friday) marks the first anniversary of the opening of the £42 million landmark scheme, one of the biggest engineering schemes to be undertaken by Devon County Council."The figures for the first year alone show that the bypass is proving invaluable," said the council's Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Margaret Rogers.The county council has been monitoring changes in traffic patterns since the opening of the bypass.More than 20,000 vehicles travel on the route every day, significantly reducing journey times. Traffic levels have fallen in many parts of the town, according to the council.For a full report, see Wednesday's North Devon Gazette.