Lights on amber

PUBLISHED: 16:22 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010

A CAMPAIGN to stop the building of traffic lights near the Bridge Inn has paid dividends after the county council's director of transport agreed to meet with concerned residents. Devon County Council are considering plans to install lights to help control

A CAMPAIGN to stop the building of traffic lights near the Bridge Inn has paid dividends after the county council's director of transport agreed to meet with concerned residents.Devon County Council are considering plans to install lights to help control the speed of traffic using Clyst Bridge to allow the introduction of a shared footway/cycleway.But the owners of the Bridge Inn have been warning of road chaos if the plans are approved.Caroline and Nigel Cheffers-Heard said they knew nothing of the proposal until they received a letter from DCC, dated October 3, which said: "The traffic lights will control and limit vehicular traffic flow over the bridge to one way alternately. This will allow the existing carriageway over the bridge to be narrowed and the remaining width to be converted into a shared footway/cycleway."The Jeffers-Heards say the road becomes very busy at peak times and when the railway barrier is down, the queues reach the bottom of Bridge Hill.They point out that when temporary traffic lights were in place in November 2007, there were "chaotic traffic jams" in both directions at peak travel times.Nigel Cheffers-Heard said: "... installing traffic lights would simply exacerbate the problem."It would also seriously detract from the ambiance enjoyed by our customers at the Bridge Inn, who enjoy sitting outside by the river, during the day and at night."They would be subject to increased noise levels and pollution, and this would almost certainly be detrimental to our business."As an alternative they suggest an extra bridge - and the county council's director of transport, Ian Harrison, has agreed to meet them to discuss it.Any potential bridge would be on land partly owned by the Jeffers-Heards and partly by Michael Dart. The Cheffers-Heards say they would be willing to let the land be used..The proposal will be discussed at DCC's Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee, on January 29 'for further consultation'.

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