Why the Scheme is Needed
The Scheme forms part of Devon County Council's and Torbay Council's strategy for improvement of inter urban routes within Devon. The A380 between Newton Abbot and Torquay has experienced high traffic volumes for many years. Increasing congestion and the resulting slow moving traffic would lead to a further deterioration in the living conditions experienced by the residents of Kingskerswell and its surroundings.
The high traffic volumes result in congestion and delay for road users and associated environmental problems for people in Kingskerswell, including safety, severance noise and air quality.
Commercial and tourist traffic travelling between Newton Abbot and Torquay have had to contend with steadily increasing congestion and journey times, resulting in long delays and increased transportation costs. Penn Inn to Kerswell Gardens is the most heavily trafficked section of the A380 with an annual average daily traffic (AADT) flow in the year 2000 of 32,000 vehicles.
The Devon and Torbay Local Transport Plans include development work on the A380 Kingskerswell Bypass and identify the A380 as a strategic road of regional importance.