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Consultation:

Okehampton Town Centre

A public consultation is being held on changes to traffic signals and priority arrangements at three key junctions within Okehampton Town Centre.

Please read the information and view the plans provided below and have your say using our online questionnaire. If you wish to access plans while completing the questionnaire, we recommend opening the questionnaire in a new window or tab.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, no physical consultation events will be held. However, an online webinar will be held at 6pm on 21 October 2020, followed by a virtual ‘drop-in’ event from 5pm to 7pm on 5 November 2020. At both events, officers from Devon County Council will be on hand to answer any questions. Please email transportplanning@devon.gov.uk for details of how to join these events.

The consultation will close on 15 November 2020.

Background

The historic arrangement of roads and continued growth in Okehampton has led to congestion, especially around the key town centre junctions.

With the allocation of further development in the Local Plan, congestion may worsen in the absence of an intervention, which could have the following implications:

  • Increasing delays for road users, reducing economic output
  • Reduced access to local services, including supermarkets, the library and the hospital, upon which the over 30,000 people in Okehampton’s rural catchment rely; and
  • Increasing air pollution within the town centre, due to increasing numbers of queuing vehicles

A previously identified solution (2010) was the creation of a town centre access road. However, a further study carried out in 2017 concluded that the provision of a town centre access road is currently undeliverable. As a result, Devon County Council has been working to develop alternative proposals.

Proposals

The proposals involve the re-design of up to three key junctions which are currently under signal control. These comprise:

  • Market Street with the B3260, Fore Street and George Street
  • Mill Road with the B3260, East Street; and
  • B3215, Barton Road with the B3260, Exeter Road

Two options are being considered for the corridor: revised priority or priority junctions with give-way arrangements on the minor arms. Traffic modelling has shown that similar journey time savings can be achieved with either option, as details in the Traffic Modelling Report.

The consultation leaflet contains the full details of both of these packages, which are summarised below.

Revised priority package

Under this package, traffic signals would be removed from each junction, which would be redesigned as follows:

  • Market Street Junction: Priority-free
  • Mill Road Junction: Priority-free
  • Barton Road Junction: Mini roundabout

Priority-free means that all approaching vehicles have the same right across the junction, rather than anyone having right of way. Drivers instead rely on slow speeds, visual prompts and considerate behaviour.

For the priority-free junctions, the existing traffic signals and road markings would be removed. Each junction area could be differently surfaced to surrounding roads to help prompt drivers to acknowledge the priority-free arrangement.

The pedestrian crossing arrangements at each junction are yet to be finalised and we would welcome feedback on styles and locations through this consultation. To the east of Barton Road Junction, the footway could be widened to accommodate a cycle/zebra crossing.

The plans of the proposals can be viewed below:

  • Market Street Junction
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the uncontrolled crossings on Market Street, George Street and West Street as being retained, with a new signal-controlled crossing installed on Fore Street.
  • Mill Road Junction
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the signal-controlled crossing on East Street West as being converted to an uncontrolled crossing, with the existing uncontrolled crossing on Mill Road and the existing signal-controlled crossing on East Street East retained, and different colour surfacing used to delineate the crossing points.
  • Barton Road Junction
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed and replaced by a mini-roundabout. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the refuge islands on Exeter Road being removed, with a widened footway and parallel cycle/pedestrian crossing installed on Exeter Road East.

Priority junction package

Under this package, traffic signals would be removed from each junction, with the priority arrangements formalised using road markings and signage, as described below:

  • For Market Street Junction, West Street would become the ‘give-way’ arm;
  • For Mill Road Junction, Fore Street would become the ‘give-way’ arm under Option A and Mill Road would become the ‘give-way’ arm under Option B; and
  • Barton Road Junction would either become a priority junction with Barton Road as the ‘give-way arm’, or a mini roundabout. The eastern footway could be widened to accommodate a parallel cycle / zebra crossing

Again, the pedestrian crossing arrangements at each junction are yet to be finalised and we would welcome feedback on styles and locations through this consultation.

The plans of the proposals can be viewed below:

  • Market Street Junction
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed, and the junction reconfigured as a priority junction with West Street as the ‘give way’ arm. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the uncontrolled crossings on Market Street and George Street as being retained, with a new signal-controlled crossing installed on Fore Street, and the uncontrolled crossing on West Street removed.
  • Mill Road Junction – Option A
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed, and the junction reconfigured as a priority junction with East Street West as the ‘give way’ arm, and the kerbline realigned southwards in the northern corner of the junction. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the signal-controlled crossing on East Street West as being converted to an uncontrolled crossing, with the existing uncontrolled crossing on Mill Road and the existing signal-controlled crossing on East Street East retained, and different colour surfacing used to delineate the crossing points.
  • Mill Road Junction – Option B
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed, and the junction reconfigured as a priority junction with Mill Road as the ‘give way’ arm. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the signal-controlled crossing on East Street West as being converted to an uncontrolled crossing, with the existing uncontrolled crossing on Mill Road and the existing signal-controlled crossing on East Street East retained, and different colour surfacing used to delineate the crossing points.
  • Barton Road Junction – Priority Junction
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed, and the junction reconfigured as a priority junction with Barton Road as the ‘give way’ arm. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the refuge islands on Exeter Road being removed, with a widened footway and parallel cycle/pedestrian crossing installed on Exeter Road East.
  • Barton Road Junction – Mini Roundabout (as under Revised priority package)
    The existing traffic signals and stop lines are to be removed and replaced by a mini-roundabout. The pedestrian crossing arrangements are subject to change based on consultation feedback but the plan provisionally shows the refuge islands on Exeter Road being removed, with a widened footway and parallel cycle/pedestrian crossing installed on Exeter Road East.

Have your say

Please let us know your views by completing the online questionnaire, and/or attending the consultation webinar (6pm on 21 October) or ‘drop-in’ event (5-7pm on 5 November), which you can register for by emailing transportplanning@devon.gov.uk

If you would like further information, please get in touch using the contact details below:
Address: Transport Planning, Matford Offices, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD
Email: transportplanning@devon.gov.uk 

Accessibility

We take accessibility seriously and recognise that some of the information presented in the files available on this page may not be fully accessible to someone using assistive technology such as a screen reader. If you need guidance or an alternative format, email transportplanning@devon.gov.uk with details of any preferred format and the assistive technology you use.

 

From
16/10/2020
Until
15/11/2020
Results published
15/01/2021
District