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Exeter

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Exeter
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County
Devon
Highway Authority
Devon
Forward Destination on
M5, A30, A38, A376, A377, (A380)
Next Primary Destinations
Barnstaple • Exmouth • Honiton • Okehampton • Plymouth, Taunton • Torquay
Places related to the M5
Places related to the A30
Redruth • Bodmin • Newquay • Penzance • Hounslow • Launceston • Okehampton • Honiton • Yeovil • Salisbury • Basingstoke • Staines • London • Camberley • Hayle
Places related to the A38

Exeter is a major city in South West England, and the County Down of Devon. It is also a primary destination for several routes, and a major hub in the national traffic network.

The city has been an important axis on the road network, going back to Roman times. Two key long-distance routes intersect at Exeter; the east-west A30 and north-south M5 / A38. Traffic for London and the Midlands splits here (though some for the former can use the M5 / M4 route instead of A30 / A303 / M3), as does holiday traffic towards Plymouth, Torbay (via the A380) and Cornwall (via Okehampton). Other important regional routes are the A377 along the Taw Valley towards Barnstaple, the A396 towards Exmoor, the A376 to Exmouth and the A379 Devon coast road.

As might be expected from a merging of several nationally and regionally important routes, particularly for holiday traffic heading southwest in summer, Exeter was a significant congestion hotspot. At the time of road classification in 1922, the A378 acted as a de-facto bypass, which was later upgraded to a proper bypass in the 1930s, becoming part of the A38. However, certain low-quality sections of the road, such as the Countess Wear Bridge, meant that the bypass was no longer effective by the 1960s, and a major replacement was planned. The M5 and a rerouted A30 opened to traffic in 1977, providing a high-quality cross-city bypass. The A38 was also gradually upgraded over the coming decade to provide a high-quality link to Plymouth.

Despite its name and direction, Okehampton Street / Okehampton Road has never been part of the A30, and the main road from Exeter to Okehampton has always run south of this.


Route To Notes

M5

Taunton

M5

Okehampton, Plymouth, Torquay Gives up just southwest of the city.

A30

Honiton Formerly also signed to London (via A303 and M3).

A30

Okehampton

A38

Plymouth

A376

Exmouth

A377

Crediton

A380

Torquay

A379

Dawlish

A396

Tiverton

A3015

Sowton Interchange M5, A30 East

B3181

Broadclyst, Pinhoe Former A38

B3183

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

B3212

Moretonhampstead




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Places in South West England
Major CitiesBath • Bristol • Bournemouth • Exeter • Gloucester • Plymouth • Salisbury • Truro
Primary DestinationsBarnstaple • Bideford • Blandford • Bodmin • Bridgwater • Bude • Cheltenham • Chippenham • Cirencester • Dorchester • Exmouth • Falmouth • Frome • Glastonbury • Helston • Honiton • Launceston • Liskeard • Marlborough • Minehead • Newquay • Okehampton • Paignton • Penzance • Poole • Redruth • St Austell • Shepton Mallet • Stroud • Swindon • Taunton • Tavistock • Torquay • Wadebridge • Warminster • Wells • Weston • Weymouth • Yeovil
Other PlacesAvonmouth • Bere Regis • Callington • Christchurch • Devizes • Hayle • Hugh Town • Ilfracombe • Ilminster • Kingsbridge • Looe • Melksham • Newton Abbot • Padstow • Saltash • St Ives • Stonehenge • Stow • Swanage • Tewkesbury • Tiverton • Torpoint • Wellington • Westbury • Wimborne


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