The county council want your say on major improvements to the “substandard” stretch of A30 near Honiton.
The public consultation on the proposals will be launched at the Honiton show next month and will last until the end of September.
The Council is proposing to replace the existing narrow, substandard single carriageway in the Monkton area with around five miles of new road between the Honiton Bypass and Devonshire Inn – the junction of the A30 with the A303.
The scheme will comprise a wide carriageway with three lanes. It will be a laid out with two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other to enable overtaking in one direction, alternating along the route.
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The existing road has sharp bends, steep gradients, poor visibility and limited safe overtaking opportunities which results in congestion and higher than average risk of road traffic collisions for a modern trunk road.
The proposed scheme is expected to reduce the number of accidents by one third.
Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, DCC Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “We have now reached the point where we want to put options to local people and hear their views.
“The improvements will aim to improve journey reliability, safety and the resilience of the strategic road network, all of which will support economic growth in the South West.”
Cllr Sara Randall Johnson, county councillor for Honiton St Michael’s, added: “Honiton is well positioned, with easy access to the national road network, its excellent choice of shopping and a great place for business and employment.
“It serves the needs of both local residents and travellers alike and the opportunity to reduce travel times helps get our goods to market, increase productivity and reduce local congestion.
“Just look at how the new Turks Head junction has helped ease queuing and made journey times more reliable. We need the same along the A30/303 to encourage more holiday makers from the south east to explore Devon.”
Following the consultation, further environmental assessment will be undertaken.
The aim will be for a preferred option to be included in the Government’s next Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2), which will cover 2020 to 2025.
if successful, it is expected that Highways England would then be requested to continue the development of the project and fund the construction cost.
Exhibitions will be held at the following venues:
- Thursday 4 August, 8am-6pm – Honiton Show
- Friday 5 August, 2pm-8pm – Upottery Village Hall
- Saturday 6 August, 10am-6pm – Upottery Village Hall
- Tuesday 16 August, 12pm-8pm – Monkton Court Hotel
- Saturday 20 August, 10am-6pm – Mackarness Hall, Honiton
- Saturday 10 September, 10am-6pm – Upottery Village Hall
More information on the scheme can be found here