PEOPLE living in the Litchdon and Trinity Street areas of Barnstaple have been joining forces with the police and Devon County Council s Highways department to inform motorists about new road layouts in their neighbourhood. From April 30, a new one-way sy
PEOPLE living in the Litchdon and Trinity Street areas of Barnstaple have been joining forces with the police and Devon County Council's Highways department to inform motorists about new road layouts in their neighbourhood.From April 30, a new one-way system was introduced to prohibit access from Taw Vale to Litchdon Street, following a successful campaign by residents, who complained about their streets being used as a "rat run" by motorists.This week, members of the Trinity and Litchdon Residents' Associations took to the street with police in a bid to flag up the changes."We are delighted that the road changes have now come into effect but drivers are still ignoring the new signage," said Michelle Watkin of the Litchdon Residents' Association,"Devon County Council's highways department has really pulled out the stops to help us improve the quality of life for people who live here and hopefully drivers will soon get the message that this area is no longer a rat run or a free car park."As reported in the Gazette last June, long-suffering residents pleaded with highways officers to close off access to their street from Taw Vale after recording higher traffic flows that they argued were as a result of access changes to The Square.At the time, chairman of the Trinity Street Residents' Association Steve Keech said traffic had risen by about 30 cars an hour since initial counts in February.Speaking to the Gazette on Monday, he said: "Drivers are beginning to take notice of the new signs and it's a lot safer now for anyone walking up the street." Devon County Councillor Brian Greenslade added: "The residents in this part of town are doing a super job to try and improve their quality of life and working very successfully with the county council and police and myself as their county councillor. "It will take a few days for motorists to realise this rat run is no longer available and that they can make their way into the town centre using the main road system like the inner relief road."Under the new road layout, there is now no entry into Litchdon Street and Trinity Street from Taw Vale opposite Rock Park, except to access the garages to the rear of Union Terrace. Access to Trinity Street, Barbican Terrace, Salem Street and Higher Church Street is only via Summerland Street from the inner relief road. Litchdon Street is completely one way from its junction at Taw Vale at the Square end, and is access only with a weight limit of 7.5 tonnes. There is no left turn from Litchdon Street into Barbican Terrace and Trinity Street. There is also "No Entry" onto the Square from Taw Vale, except for buses and taxis.PC Ewan Seear asked motorists to familiarise themselves with the new signage and road layout or risk a three-point penalty.