THE Western Bypass and Downstream Bridge has resulted in an average of 10 per cent more traffic for Braunton, a survey has revealed. In August almost 2,000 more cars per day were added to the roads between Barnstaple and the village, compared with the pre

THE Western Bypass and Downstream Bridge has resulted in an average of 10 per cent more traffic for Braunton, a survey has revealed.In August almost 2,000 more cars per day were added to the roads between Barnstaple and the village, compared with the previous year.But that daily figure of 22,342 was not a vast increase on August 2003, when the tally stood at 21,266.The figures are from an ongoing traffic survey which followed the opening of the bridge in May last year.They were presented yesterday (Tuesday) to the county council's North Devon Highways and Traffic Orders committee when it met at the My Start Centre in Ilfracombe.The report said it was too soon to make solid conclusions but that "this early data indicates the opening of the bypass has had a significant impact on the number of vehicles travelling between Braunton and Barnstaple with a typical increase in traffic of up to 10 per cent.