Council gives final approval for scheme to tackle South Street traffic problems.

A well known Braunton “rat run” in South Street is to become a one way street after Devon County Council approved proposals for a new traffic scheme.

Residents have objected to the volume and speed of traffic in the narrow street for several years and now it has been decided to implement a £50,000 plan to make it one way, as well as install road narrowing chicanes to clam traffic.

It will be one way from the entrance near Velator roundabout to Sings Lane, just before the Caen car park entry. Traffic entering South Street from the Exeter Road end will only be able to go as far as Sings Lane.

The proposals were approved by the North Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee, which heard the route carried “high traffic volumes for a residential street,” used as it was by locals to avoid congestion in the centre of Braunton.

It said after initial consultation the option most favoured by residents, the parish council and the police was the introduction of a new one way street.

A traffic order was advertised and five objections received by the council, three relating to the direction of the one way system, one fearing the effect it would have on surrounding roads and one suggested a “pay on entry” system which the council said was not practical.

The report said residents in South Street and its surrounds were consulted on the current proposal and the majority of those who replied were in favour.

One way signs will be will introduced along the street and also illuminated No Entry signs at Sings Lane. Gateway signs will be erected at the junction of South Street and Exeter Road advising of no access to South Street.

The estimated cost of the scheme is £50,000 of which £33,000 is through a planning agreement following approval for the new Tesco store.