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The £93m is being spent just around Barnstaple, effectively as bypass improvements, instead of improving the A361 from Barnstaple towards the M5 because of politics: North Devon (maj.4k) is a marginal seat, whereas Tiverton (maj. 20k) and Bideford/Torridge (maj.18.5k) are both very safe seats.
These improvements are completely misplaced as they will do nothing whatsoever at all to improve journey times and reliability of journey times to Tiverton, the M5 and connectivity to the motorway network.
The £93m should first of been spent on dualling as much as possible of the A361 to Tiverton, before improvements around Barnstaple were considered.
Improved and reliable journey times to the M5 is what was called for.
This is why North Devon & Torridge suffer economically while Exeter and South & East Devon prosper at their expense; it is Devon’s very own North/South divide, highlighted by HotSW’s view of North Devon; side-lined just an area for only secondary investment.
Page 6 map refers to North Devon as ‘secondary growth’, and it is not even included in any of Page 7’s ‘Cores, Clusters and Corridors’
http://www.torbay.gov.uk/media/10207/he ... rategy.pdf
Even from a safety angle since 2000 their have been more fatalities from South Molton to the M5, than around Barnstaple.
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-ne ... nk-1557147
I understand that 2+2 roads with concrete/jersey/f-shape barrier need much less road width than a traditional central reservation.
This I believe would potentially make it cheaper to dual especially the existing A361 3 lane sections and 2 lane sections with wide verges.
Just a thought.........
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The worst thing is that the whole scheme has been campaigned for and sold as safety/capacity led, and yet the design is very much one of being development led. I did submit an objection to the scheme at consultation on those very grounds, but surprise surprise never heard a thing since.
I assume they're including junctions that have already been "improved";SteveA30 wrote:Where are these 8 junctions that are being 'upgraded'? There are only 2 minor at grade junctions between S Molton and Barnstaple and 4 rbts on the bypass, which are more towards Bideford. One of them has a new development but, the access rbt is correctly on the B3232, not on the bypass.
Borner's Bridge - conversion to roundabout.
Hacche Lane - conversion to LILO.
West Buckland - conversion to compact GSJ, including new overbridge.
Landkey - conversion to 4-arm roundabout to also serve new development.
Portmore roundabout - enlarging of roundabout completed 2019. Plans for 4th arm to serve new development.
Bishop's Tawton - enlarging of roundabout and new pedestrian/cycle underpass.
Roundswell - enlarging of roundabout completed 2014.
Westleigh - traffic signals added, completed 2012.
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The westbound slips were completed in 2018 and have been sitting idle as "the road to nowhere" ever since:
Funding has now been secured to complete the GSJ as planned:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.devonl ... 606457.amp