Speed limit will be ex­tended to re­duce ac­ci­dents

Herald Express - - News - BY DANIEL CLARK

COUN­CIL­LORS have unan­i­mously agreed that the South Devon High­way’s 50mph speed limit should be ex­tended back over the Teign Bridge.

The Teign­bridge High­ways and Traf­fic Or­ders Com­mit­tee agreed that to re­duce traf­fic speeds and to re­duce the like­li­hood of a col­li­sion on the South Devon High­way and on Be­sigheim Way, the 70mph speed limit on the south­bound ap­proach to the Penn Inn should be slashed to 50mph.

The two 50mph speed limit ter­mi­nal signs for the south­bound traf­fic, which are cur­rently lo­cated 610 me­tres north of the junc­tion with Penn Inn, will be moved 500m back up the road, so they are 1,110m north of Penn Inn.

Cllr Gor­don Hook, county coun­cil­lor for New­ton Ab­bot South, said that the pro­posal was a much needed road safety mea­sure that will hope­fully re­duce the num­ber of ac­ci­dents on the road. A road safety au­dit re­vealed that three of the six col­li­sions on the ap­proach to the south­bound Penn Inn ei­ther in­volved late or sud­den ma­noeu­vres from the near­side lane to the off­side, or rear end shunts re­sult­ing from sud­den brak­ing with driv­ers not re­act­ing to rapidly de­vel­op­ing queues of traf­fic.

Cllr Hook added: “I would equally urge con­sid­er­a­tion to be given to ad­di­tional sig­nage on both sides of the river cross­ing in­di­cat­ing the need for mo­torists to get into the cor­rect

Be­sigheim Way, New­ton Ab­bot, ap­proach to the Penn Inn junc­tion lane as soon as pos­si­ble. A num­ber of mo­torists find them­selves in the wrong lane and as the light dawns, they make a rapid lane switch, re­sult­ing in fur­ther bumps and shunts. I be­lieve is as least as im­por­tant a road safety is­sue to ad­dress as the speed­ing prob­lem.”

Cllr Alis­tair De­whirst added that the 50mph speed limit ex­ten­sion was “not what we asked for, as it should be ex­tended a lot fur­ther”. He added: “I use that sec­tion of road al­most ev­ery day and the prob­lems all start at the Teign­mouth/King­steign­ton turn-off, but this is bet­ter than noth­ing. The sig­nage is hugely con­fus­ing as peo­ple change lanes all the time as they don’t know what lane to be in, and the signs are hid­den away in the hedge.”

The HATOC was also told the pro­posal to move the 50mph bound­ary will not af­fect the in­tro­duc­tion of av­er­age speed cam­eras sched­uled to be in­stalled in win­ter 2018-19.

Pic­ture: ANDY STYLES

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