Police and councillors want to enforce 50mph limit
The South Devon Highway was made into a dual carriageway back in 2015, but officials decided to make it a 50 mile an hour zone " due to the topography of the route."
But a recent survey found many were breaking that limit and there have been a number of collisions.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:
“It's great to see this work underway. I had tasked our officers to look at speed enforcement on the South Devon Link Road and it has been considered several times by the Teignbridge HATOC in order to address the concern of local residents. Not only does speeding traffic put other road users at risk but it also creates noise during unsocial hours. Mobile enforcement was considered but would require hardstanding laybys, and the preference was for average speed camera technology.”
Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, County Councillor for Ipplepen and The Kerswells, said:
“This great news will be welcomed by all residents in Kingskerswell who will be able to enjoy a quieter, less polluted life. The stress of the journey through Kingskerswell will be lessened for all drivers on this fine new road - anyone who has used the A380 recently will be aware of the spate of accidents and I am sure that this will contribute to a safer, quieter and less polluting driving experience."
Councillor Gordon Hook, County Councillor for Newton Abbot South, said:
"It’s absolutely right that we should go down this path and the sooner the better. But we also need other measures with better signage starting sooner, and there could also be more tree planting to reduce the noise from the road. It will bring some relief to those people who are suffering.”
Most of the work will be carried out overnight from 7:30pm to 6am using lane closures. However, there will be occasions when the road will be fully closed overnight from 8pm to 6am to enable work to be carried out on the camera gantries. Full overnight closures will be signed in advance, with the first one scheduled for the week commencing Monday 11 February. A diversion will be in place via the A381 and A385 through Newton Abbot and Totnes