Proposed traffic orders on A379 at Exeter

A 50mph speed limit on the A379 on the outskirts of Exeter is among a series of proposed orders put forward as part of new developments being constructed between the A379 Sandygate Link and Topsham Road.

A 50mph speed limit on the A379 on the outskirts of Exeter is among a series of proposed orders put forward as part of new developments being constructed between the A379 Sandygate Link and Topsham Road.

A new link road joins the A379 between Rydon Lane and the slip road to Russell Way. The new junction was granted planning consent in 2008 and will consist of a staggered crossroads controlled by traffic signals.

In order to effectively manage traffic through these new junctions, the proposed draft Traffic Regulation Orders include:

Banned U-turns at the new junctions to prevent U-turns by traffic and allow the signal timings to be improved to increase capacity. None of these manoeuvres are currently possible.


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A prohibited right turn from the southbound Rydon Lane slip into the new road to reduce the complexity of the signal timings and increase capacity. This manoeuvre is not currently possible.

A 50mph restriction on the A379, starting just after the Sandy Park junction and ending where it joins the existing 40mph limit on Rydon Lane.

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A 50mph restriction on the A379, starting where it leaves the existing 40mph limit on Rydon Lane and ending after the new junction when the third traffic lane through the junction has finished merging into the second lane.

Extension of the existing clearway order on the A379 into the new link road to cover the first section up to and including the new roundabout within the development.

Consultation on these proposals starts today (Monday 15 March). The draft Orders, statement of reasons and plans can be viewed at Area East Highway Management, Little Moor House, Falcon Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter.

The documents can be viewed at Exeter City Council Customer Service Centre, Paris Street and at www.devon.gov.uk/traffic-orders from 15 March until 7 April 2010

Objections and other comments specifying the proposal and the grounds on which they are made must be submitted in writing to the address below or at www.devon.gov.uk/traffic-orders by 7 April 2010.

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