Action over long-awaited crossing for A35 in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 10:49 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:46 15 June 2010

AFTER a long wait, Honiton Town Council has been told two options have been drawn up for crossing schemes on the A35.

AFTER a long wait, Honiton Town Council has been told two options have been drawn up for crossing schemes on the A35.

The Highways Agency has indicated it prefers the second option - for a puffin crossing in Monkton Road, between the mini roundabout and Langford Road.

But town councillors prefer the more expensive option - for a signal controlled junction, which would allow pedestrians to cross the road at designated points in Kings Road, Monkton Road and High Street.

Charity SeeAbility, which developed Windmill Court in Kings Road, parted with £10,000 towards the cost of a pedestrian crossing three years ago.

Councillor Dianne Morgan, who has been campaigning for safety measures along the A35, attended a recent site meeting.

She is concerned that the Highways Agency does not see a need for a reduction in the speed limit in Kings Road.

She would like the speed reduced from Copper Castle down.

"The first option is the best," she said. "I don't believe it will cause any queues of traffic. Vehicles have to give way at the junction at the minute.

"Pedestrians are important - not traffic. They have got to come first on this busy road. Monkton Road is not fit for purpose."

Former mayor Councillor Vernon Whitlock said: "I think we should welcome this with open arms.

"We've been waiting years for this."

The town council is to query Highways Agency concerns that traffic could back up along Kings Road as a result of a signalled crossing.

It also wants to know why a refuge cannot be placed in Kings Road to aid pedestrians.

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