Scheme will be ‘up and running’ next month, say council

THE upgrade of Westleigh Junction is progressing well and is on schedule to be completed next month, according to Devon County Council.

The £630,000 scheme on the A39 near Bideford aims to improve long-standing safety issues at the junction.

Since work started in September, two eastbound lanes have been installed along with drainage and signals. On the westbound carriageway, the length of the right turn filter lane has also been increased, and work is currently ongoing on signal installation.

Traffic management entered its third phase of the scheme on Friday, with eastbound and westbound traffic reverted back to their normal sides of the carriageway.

The only change is for traffic on the A386 turning left onto the A39, which will no longer be able to slip onto the A39 and will need to give way at the junction.

Drivers turning left will need to use a different lane than they are used to and eastbound traffic will need to take care when approaching the junction.

The council said that from the end of November the whole junction will be resurfaced and that delays are likely. Temporary traffic signals will be in place from 9.30am to 3.30pm to allow the work to be carried out safely. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes during these hours.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This scheme is making excellent progress and it’s encouraging to see that it’s on schedule to be up and running next month.

“There will be some delays during the resurfacing work later this month, for which we apologise, but unfortunately it is unavoidable.

“We pledged to improve safety at the junction and we’re keen to ensure that this traffic light scheme provides the long term solution.”

Cllr Rodney Cann, county councillor for Fremington Rural, said he was delighted with the progress being made on this scheme.

“I’m confident that it will make a significant difference to safety at this junction and will cut out problems experienced, particularly by elderly drivers,” he said.