Calls for re-think over Axminster relief road

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 18 September 2018

An Axminster  north- south relief road will greatly reduce town centre congestion say campaigners.
 Picture: Alex Walton

An Axminster north- south relief road will greatly reduce town centre congestion say campaigners. Picture: Alex Walton

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Current bypass plan does not solve Weycroft Bridge problems, say campaigners

Axminster Town Council has called a special meeting to discuss plans for the town’s long awaited north-south relief road.

It follows growing concerns about the current ‘preferred’ route and will take place on Thursday, September 27, at 7.30pm in The Guildhall. It will be open to the public.

Under present proposals the £20million scheme takes the road to the East of the town, emerging on the Lyme Road.

But campaigners are becoming increasingly worried that this will not solve the major problem of the Weycroft Bridge bottleneck.

And there are calls that the alternative route – to the west of the town - should be looked at again, despite its much higher cost.

* East Devon District Council has appointed consultants to produce a masterplan for the bypass and the associated housing development which will help to fund it, following its successful bid for £10 million government money towards the project.

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