No U-turn on Taw Vale, says county

Two way traffic with access to the Square will continue to be kept from Taw Vale.

Two way traffic with access to the Square will continue to be kept from Taw Vale. - Credit: Archant

Reopening Barnstaple’s much debated traffic bugbear would be of little benefit, according to county council.

REOPENING Taw Vale in Barnstaple to traffic looks unlikely to happen, according to Devon County Council.

Barnstaple Town Council has been told in a letter that opening the much-disputed road to two way traffic into the Square would not improve congestion or traffic flow.

County transport planning officer Lewis Ward said a detailed traffic study showed there would be an increase of traffic on Taw Vale, as expected, but the reduction of vehicles through nearby Belle Meadow Road would be small.

In February the town council’s planning and transportation committee approved a package of traffic solutions proposed by Councillor Simon Harvey, which also included proposals for improved signage, synchronising pedestrian crossing lights around the Square and removing the crossing on Belle Meadow.


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The county has said it aims to keep the same number of crossings and ‘it is not practical to link signal controlled pedestrian crossings where there is two-way traffic’.

The letter from Mr Lewis did say work was underway to improve signs in Lower Boutport Street and further work being considered to improve traffic flow around Seven Brethren.

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