It's the section between Sidmouth and Newton Poppleford
And when they meet next Thursday, the East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee are being recommended to approve cutting the speed limit from the existing 60mph down to 40mph and extending the double white lines on the road.
Cllr Stuart Hughes, who is the chairman of the HATOC and who represents the Sidmouth ward, has welcomed the recommendation, and said: “Let’s hope that these improvements will drive the message home to irresponsible motorists who fail to drive to the conditions of the road.”
Councillors were told in March that a report would come to the July meeting outlining whether a reduction in the speed limit on Four Elms Hill was feasible, and the report of Meg Booth, Chief Officer for Highways, Capital Infrastructure and Waste says: “It is recommended to reduce the current National Speed limit on the A3052 between the existing 40mph limit at the Bowd junction and the 30mph limit at Newton Poppleford.”
At that March meeting, Cllr Claire Wright, whose Otter Valley ward includes the road, said: “The reality is that if there is one clear message that we are all in support of the 40mph. Most of the councillors, the parish council, the community and the police are backing this, so I don’t want to get to July and find there is ‘no evidence’ for a 40mph speed limit.”
Mrs Booth’s report says that the existing speed data indicates that the majority of motorists are driving at an appropriate speed, with a mean speed of 27.5mph (85th percentile of 40.5mph) uphill and a mean speed of 38.3mph (85th percentile of 45mph) downhill, but this is scope within the council’s speed limit policy to amend the speed limit.
It adds that in the last five years, 50 per cent of collisions that took place on Four Elms Hill had excessive speed as a contributing factor, higher than the 21 per cent average for rural A roads in Devon.
The East Devon HATOC meets on Thursday, July 18, and are recommended to proceed with advertising a 40mph speed limit and subsequent amendment to lining to improve safety for road users.