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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by DavidBrown » Thu May 17, 2018 09:57

Government funding for the scheme approved.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/upgr ... t-business

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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by shelleysho » Tue Jun 12, 2018 13:34

I hope this is ok to post, and please excuse me for being a bit of a cynic about the so-called North Devon Link Road Improvements.

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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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by A303Chris » Tue Nov 10, 2020 09:39

According to this DfT press release yesterday , the government has given £60 million to Devon CC to start the first set of improvements between South Molton and Barnstaple, with work beginning next month. However it seems to be to accommodate new homes and jobs between the two towns, so is likely to be overloaded again very quickly.
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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by DavidBrown » Mon Jan 18, 2021 15:30

Signs have appeared at either end of the scheme area saying 'Work Starts Here January 2021 for 35 months', so it looks like the main works will be starting imminently.

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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by Bryn666 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 15:38

Development led instead of safety/capacity led... oh, great. Expect some really shonky roundabouts with dodgy geometry, and buffer 50 limits then.
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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by SteveA30 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 17:12

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.
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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by Herned » Mon Jan 18, 2021 18:13

SteveA30 wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 17:12
Where are these 8 junctions that are being 'upgraded'?
It's all the way from Bideford to South Molton. Summary map here. Astonishingly including a new GSJ

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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by DavidBrown » Mon Jan 18, 2021 18:19

Bryn666 wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 15:38
Development led instead of safety/capacity led... oh, great. Expect some really shonky roundabouts with dodgy geometry, and buffer 50 limits then.
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. :roll:
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.
I assume they're including junctions that have already been "improved";
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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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by Chris Bertram » Mon Jan 18, 2021 18:54

Time to improve the Tarka Line, there are definitely some places where doubling the line to provide passing opportunities is possible. I followed a driver's eye video the other day and there are quite a few bridges with an unused second trackbed.
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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by SteveA30 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 19:47

Re-opening the island platform would be a start, preferably on both sides.
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Re: North Devon Link improvements

Post by jackal » Wed Jan 20, 2021 09:33

A few years back I mentioned the plans for a new GSJ at the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension. At the time a LILO was constructed on the westbound carriageway with plans to make a funding bid for the eastbound slips and bridge to complete the GSJ.

The westbound slips were completed in 2018 and have been sitting idle as "the road to nowhere" ever since:
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Funding has now been secured to complete the GSJ as planned:

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.devonl ... 606457.amp

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