Re-design proposed for Turks Head Junction

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:21 23 June 2015

A 'three arm' mini roundabout is being proposed to replace the Turks Head junction in Honiton.

A 'three arm' mini roundabout is being proposed to replace the Turks Head junction in Honiton.

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Devon County Council intends to install a 'three arm' mini roundabout, a zebra crossing and two-staged pedestrian crossing refuge.

Around half a million pounds will be spent for a new layout at Turks Head Junction in Honiton, under current Devon County Council (DCC) proposals.

DCC intends to install a ‘three arm’ mini roundabout, 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.

A DCC spokesman said: “The proposed improvement helps to deal with the problem by providing a roundabout which would have more capacity than the current ‘give way’ junction.

“The scheme provides a zebra crossing on the western arm of the junction on the pedestrian ‘desire line’ between Beggars Lane and the Aldi supermarket, while also providing a pedestrian crossing refuge on the Turks Head Lane arm of the roundabout, which allows people to cross the road in two stages – allowing them to pause safely in the middle.

“Both of these crossings would offer an improvement over and above the current situation.”

Honiton Town Council has agreed that DCC should proceed with a roundabout, with a proviso that weight limit signs be added when turning left from Turks Head Lane towards High Street, and the project be continuously monitored and reviewed.

It added it had ‘grave concerns’ that the roundabout proposal was not fully pedestrian friendly, but recognised that it was an improvement on the current situation for traffic.

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