ONCE the new dual carriageway is opened to traffic the existing A380 is expected to become much quieter. This has given Devon County Council, which is responsible for the county’s roads, the opportunity to improve the local environment and help to rejoin the two halves of the village once separated by a busy thoroughfare.
The council has been considering how best to manage this, and last year opened a period of consultation with the public to discuss the enhancements. A large number of residents of Kingskerswell responded with suggestions and comments.
Following the 2014 consultation, this month the council gave its approval for a £581,000 series of enhancements to go ahead.
Among the issues the council had to consider is the concern that the quieter road will become a faster road. The new plans include a reduction of the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph and the introduction of traffic calming features. These will involve the construction of zebra crossings, the removal of the traffic lights at Jurys Corner and the construction of new widened cycle lanes.
The ultimate intention is to transform the former main road into one more appropriate to village life.
Please click here to view the full report (hosted on the Devon County Council website): http://bit.ly/1K1uLfR
You can also view background information about the report here.
UPDATE: September 2015 - Kingskerswell Improvements Approved (hosted on the Devon County Council website)