Salterton Road signalling system could stop ‘dangerous’ traffic set-up
PUBLISHED: 12:48 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:49 05 September 2018
A ‘dangerous’ stretch of road in Exmouth may soon benefit from a new traffic light system after a resident raised concerns with the council.
In October, Devon County Council will assess the feasibility of a new traffic-light system, in Salterton Road, at the junction which leads to Liverton Business Park.
Jon Bowman, from Exmouth, recently wrote to the council, after becoming ‘fed up’ by the ‘dangerous’ traffic set-up, which he says regularly ruins his family shopping trips.
Jon, 29, who lives off Dinan Way, with his wife Sophie, 23, and their three children, says constantly queuing traffic is not only inconvenient, but unsafe.
He said: “If you pull out, people shout and beep; its really dangerous. I am just fed up as I have three children and a wife who’s pregnant with twins. Does someone need to be seriously hurt for them to act?”
Jon says the yellow hatching outside the nearby ambulance and fire station, is often blocked by vehicles caught up in congestion.
The highway code states you must not enter a box junction ‘until your exit road or lane is clear’, unless you want to turn right and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right.
Jon highlighted the implications for for small businesses and tradespeople, who want to quickly ‘pop in’ to the park for tools or materials, but ‘end up taking 30 minutes to get out’ by being caught up in congestion.
He said: “It’s out of town, so the whole idea is to shop with ease and no traffic, hence why it’s out of town. You have to queue all the way down to the Range at busy points!”
Devon County Council says it will carry out a junction count at the business park and queue surveys within the park, to ‘establish the extent of the problem’.
A council spokesman said: “Signal control would be a suitable solution for the site, and the traffic survey results would inform their operation and the scheme design.
“Depending on feasibility, the work could be a potential scheme for the next financial year’s Local Transport Plan programme, particularly if developer funding could support delivery.”
Jon said: “Next year ‘potentially’ is leaving it too late; this needs to be actioned as soon as possible.”