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Roundswell Roundabout revamp to be decided by Devon County Council

By NDJWill  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

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ROUNDSWELL roundabout, on the A39 near Barnstaple, looks set to get a complete revamp in 2013.

In December the Journal reported how the roundabout had been identified by Devon County Council as a site which needed improvement.

Plans presented to North Devon Council by DCC highways officers showed how the roundabout could be widened to allow more lanes of traffic on and off it as local councillors look to draw up a new local plan for the development of the area.

And the plans presented then look set to be adopted.

Devon County Council's cabinet is due to decide on Wednesday whether or not to approve the plans.

And if the cabinet goes along with the recommendations of its officers the £1.2 million improvement scheme could begin later this year.

Assuming it does then Devon County Councillor for the area Rodney Cann says it will be a victory for common sense.

"I held a site visit with officers some time ago to explain the difficulties in the area," he said.

"Congestion around Roundswell makes life a misery for so many people. The roads around the roundabout are often gridlocked and traffic can queue for up to a mile along Bickington Road and even further on the A39.

"I welcome these proposals, as they should speed up traffic and the sooner the work begins the better."

Mr Cann also said he was confident the plans will have been approved.

"It's logical and absolutely essential that they are," he said. 

If work goes ahead DCC will need to purchase land around the roundabout before it can begin.

And the work will also see power supplies for pedestrian crossings installed — although the crossings themselves won't be put in place.

That move, the officers recommendation says, is so crossings can be put in place in future, with the areas either side of the roundabout likely to be filled by housing.

The document mentions the new North Devon local plan, which is due to be released in the next few months, and says: "Because there is the possibility of the roundabout being surrounded by future development there is a need to consider how people can access the site on foot or by cycle.  

"In order to ensure the scheme can be adapted in future, passive provision for pedestrian crossings has been included in the design."

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