Easing congestion: ECA calls for new link road

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S traffic jams could be a thing of the past if a proposal to build new roads is approved. The Exmouth Community Association has compiled a report on local roads, especially the traffic problems on the A376, and provided solutions which will be con

EXMOUTH'S traffic jams could be a thing of the past if a proposal to build new roads is approved.The Exmouth Community Association has compiled a report on local roads, especially the traffic problems on the A376, and provided solutions which will be considered by Devon County Council Highways Authority.The solutions put forward by the pressure group include finishing the Dinan Way project by building a link road from the bottom of Dinan Way to Gulliford Nursery (A376) across the valley.The group said the link route could cost the Highways Authority up to £18 million and there would be the problem of opening the countryside up to possible housing developments.However, the proposal would alleviate the strain on Brixington residential streets, Woodbury and Lympstone.Chairman Roy Pryke said: "We want traffic to flow smoothly, but more slowly, residential areas to be protected...cyclists to have designated safe routes and pedestrians to stroll in calm, uncluttered streets."The two associations have been visiting parish councils giving presentations on their proposals to get as much feedback as possible before putting the report forward.Deputy Mayor Councillor Darryl Nicholas, who supports the plans, said: "Thousands of people living at the top end of town are forced to use rat-runs to get access to the main Exeter Road - this is both dangerous and unacceptable."The report, to be sent in January, has emphasised that within 10 years there will be an extra 10,000 people using the roads of Exmouth.The group said that with the proposed ASDA development on the Estuary it is expected there would be a huge increase in shoppers and loading van traffic on Marine Way.They have also suggested a three-way road system at the roundabout of Clyst St George, near the George and Dragon pub, where the traffic backs up from Woodbury Road.Other ideas the group, in conjunction with the Exmouth Residents' Association, will put forward include solutions to the transport interchange near the railway station.They are proposing moving the railway line nearer to the Estuary, coinciding with the flood relief plan expected to be introduced in the next few years.Member Roma Patten said: "The county council said they would look to centre this (proposal) with their plans to increase the frequency of the trains."The report can be viewed on a new website to be launched in January.For information contact Ron Roberts on (01395) 271421.What do you think of these ideas? Post your comments on www.exmouthjournal.co.uk


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