Praise for new junction layout in Honiton
PUBLISHED: 11:21 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 07:20 10 April 2016
The new layout has been hailed by Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highway management.
Work to change the layout of the Turks Head junction in Honiton has been completed.
The work, which was carried out by Devon County Council (DCC), has seen the ‘three arm’ mini roundabout installed, with a zebra crossing and two-staged pedestrian crossing refuge.
The new traffic scheme will, says DCC, aim to reduce the risk of traffic queues extending on to the A30 dual carriageway.
The plans faced some criticism, including concerns raised by town councillor Roy Coombs, who branded them a ‘recipe for disaster’ at a town council meeting last June.
However, the new layout has been hailed by Cllr Stuart Hughes, DCC’s cabinet member for highway management, who said: “This is the first scheme nationally to secure funding from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund, which highlights how we work effectively with our partner organisations to prepare schemes, secure funding and deliver them.
“The improvement scheme, which has converted the junction to a mini-roundabout, was well managed throughout and disruption was kept to a minimum. Improving traffic movement is good for the continuing economic growth of the town.
“Since the roundabout opened, it has reduced queueing, which improves safety for vehicles coming off the A30, and the pedestrian crossings have provided additional safety benefits for pedestrians and vulnerable road users.”
The cost of renovating the junction was around half a million pounds.
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