Road safety work on the North Devon Link Road

MOTORISTS on the A361 North Devon Link Road are being asked to take extra care for the next five weeks while roadworks are carried out at two sites near the Moortown services area at Knowstone. Special lay-bys are being built to allow police vehicles and

MOTORISTS on the A361 North Devon Link Road are being asked to take extra care for the next five weeks while roadworks are carried out at two sites near the Moortown services area at Knowstone.Special lay-bys are being built to allow police vehicles and mobile electronic message signs on trailers to be parked clear of the road. Work starts on Monday, February 16 and is expected to last until Friday, March 20. The new facilities will help traffic police with their speed enforcement and driver safety work and it will also benefit motorists by enabling key travel and safety information to be displayed at these prominent sites. This scheme is part of Devon County Council's ongoing Country Mile Project, a road safety demonstration project funded nationally by the Department for Transport to look at innovative ways of reducing the number and severity of collisions on rural roadsCllr Margaret Rogers, the council's Executive Member for Environment, said: "This is work that will support our partnership work on the Country Mile with Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue and the Camera Safety Partnership in improving safety for drivers on the busy North Devon Link Road. "We would ask motorists to drive with care while contractors are working on the site."South Molton Rural Cllr Jeremy Yabsley, said: "The new lay-bys will assist the police and County Council in improving the safety of the A361 and provide drivers with much needed travel information. "I am sure that this will be greatly welcomed by all users of the North Devon Link Road."Contractor South West Highways will need to close traffic lanes while the work is in progress. The sites are half a mile east of Moortown at West Kidland and one and half miles west of Moortown at Sturford Viaduct.


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