Problem junction will be monitored

DEVON County Council leaders have visited the Westleigh junction on the North Devon Link Road to see for themselves the problems of the local blackspot. There has long been concern about the junction and the confusion it causes for some drivers. Local cou

DEVON County Council leaders have visited the Westleigh junction on the North Devon Link Road to see for themselves the problems of the local blackspot.

There has long been concern about the junction and the confusion it causes for some drivers.

Local councillor Rodney Cann invited county representatives to view it for themselves and was joined by DCC leader John Hart and council cabinet members Stuart Hughes and Stuart Barker.

They were given a practical indication of the difficulties the junction presents to motorists - with some drivers slowing down to let the councillors know their views and what they felt should be done.

Mr Cann said: "I believe the site visit really brought home the difficulties and potential dangers for drivers and the response to my request for improvements was very positive. I am optimistic that further improvements will be undertaken.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "I welcomed the opportunity to visit the Westleigh junction with Cllr Cann. Issues that arise at the junction have been recognised by our highways officers and casualty reduction measures were taken last year, with warning speed signs being installed. So far this has proven effective and while there have been no recorded collisions this year, which has to be welcomed, it is too early to say whether these measures have been entirely effective. Our officers will continue to monitor this location to see if further improvements are necessary.

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