Exmouth's chairman of the Chamber of Commerce calls for plans to widen A303 to go ahead.

PUBLISHED: 12:18 22 July 2016

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Exmouth’s chairman of the Chamber of Commerce has followed business leaders in calling for Devon County Council to go ahead with proposals to expand the A303 at Monkton, near Honiton.

Ian Mcqueen has urged the county council to pursue plans to replace the single carriageway at Monkton with around five miles of new road made up of three lanes.

He said: “Anything that brings traffic more quickly down to the west county is a positive thing. The A303 is a notorious road. The purposed plans would be good for businesses, good for holiday makers and good for anybody who has to travel on the road.”

The call comes after business leaders and Sidmouth’s Chamber of Commerce hailed the news of the plan to expand the road.

DCC is proposing to upgrade the A30 between the Honiton bypass and the Devonshire Inn, which is at the junction of the A30 with the A303.

It will be laid out with two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other to enable overtaking in one direction, alternating along the route.

The existing road has sharp bends, steep gradients, poor visibility and limited safe overtaking opportunities.

The proposed scheme is expected to reduce the number of accidents by one-third.

A two-month public consultation is being launched at the Honiton Show on Thursday, August 4.

The aim will be for a preferred option to be included in the Government’s next Roads Investment Strategy, which will cover 2020 to 2025.

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