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Barnstaple's enlarged Roundswell roundabout is set to have grass on top - but what would you like to see there?

By NDJFran  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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The roundabout as it looks now. What do you think would welcome people into Barnstaple?

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MOTORISTS will soon be able to drive on a brand new stretch of road at Roundswell roundabout.

Towards the end of March traffic coming from the Lake direction will be moved over onto the new carriageway to enable completion of the new central islands and splitter islands on the A39.

The work is part of a £2million scheme to improve the roundabout, which is one of Barnstaple’s busiest.

Work began at the end of January and is expected to take around six months.

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Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council cabinet member for economy and growth, said: “The scheme is on schedule, despite the recent heavy rain, and if the current dry weather continues then good progress will continue to be made.

“Although two way flow will be maintained, there may be some disruption to traffic initially while everyone gets used to the new arrangements, but the traffic management is to keep the travelling public safe from the work site, as well as protecting the workforce.”

As far as what will be on top of the enlarged roundabout, the council has confirmed it will eventually be finished with grass and topsoil taken from another part of the site.

We would like to know what North Devon residents would like to see on top of the roundabout to brighten their journey.

Email your suggestions to fran@northdevonjournal.co.uk.

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  • Barumboy  |  March 19 2014, 10:26AM

    Perhaps the North Devon Journal should be reporting on the disruption and misery these work's are causing during the hours of 4pm until 7pm? The scheme is costing £2million but at what cost to local businesses and residents and we have to endure this until the end of June 2014? Why are they not working on this project during the lighter evenings, at night or during the weekend - surely then it may have been completed in three months? Barnstaple has now returned to the "bad old days" of "gridlock" or "the home of the traffic jam". I wonder how many workman are up at Roundswell today leaning on their shovals and drinking tea?

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  • davephipps65  |  March 18 2014, 7:36PM

    I hope that what we are seeing at present is not the intended finished height because if drivers cannot see across the roundabout it may well be that some drivers will join the roundabout and someone come racing around it unseen whereas if one can see the traffic flow on the roundabout makes it much safer to negotiate.

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  • johnwilkin  |  March 18 2014, 6:06PM

    Let's hope the improvements in traffic flow are worthwhile after all the disruption these works are causing. Just recently it's taken nearly an hour to get from the Blockbuster roundabout to Bickington each evening!

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  • tbalment  |  March 18 2014, 1:33PM

    In reply to the question of what I would like to see on the top of the enlarged roundabout at Roundswell, my answer is that grass & topsoil will do just fine. We don't need any unnecessary clutter that could cause visual distraction or obstruction to drivers using this roundabout.

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