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New A38 slip road for Lee Mill comes a step closer

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Plans for a new slip road to Lee Mill off the A38 have been backed by senior councillors.

Devon County Council’s Cabinet gave the go ahead for the scheme to be designed and developed and for a planning application to be submitted.

It would take thousands of cars and lorries heading from Plymouth to the industrial estate and Tesco supermarket out of Plymouth Road.

Devon County Council leader John Hart, who is also the local councillor, said:

“I am delighted to give this my full support.”

The Cabinet heard that in a public consultation before Christmas, 89 per cent of respondents supported the plans with 93 per cent recognising the need for a new eastbound slip road at Lee Mill.

A formal eastbound off-slip was never constructed when the A38 Lee Mill junction was built and Plymouth Road has always been used for access.

But as the Lee Mill Industrial Estate and the village have grown more concerns have been raised over noise, air quality and safety.

Plymouth Road currently carries 5,400 vehicles a day and is used by nearly two thirds of drivers heading for the industrial estate. A quarter of vehicles travelling along Plymouth Road are goods vehicles.

As part of the scheme, the existing eastbound road would be stopped up to prevent access to through traffic from the A38.

A new A38 eastbound off-slip would be constructed to the east of the existing road which would connect to the industrial estate and the village via a new roundabout. This new roundabout would replace the existing junction where Beech Road and Plymouth Road meet.

The Cabinet Member for Development, Infrastructure and Waste, Andrea Davis, said:

“The existing road was never designed as a slip road to the strategic road network, so we need to consider alternatives. Traffic calming measures have been installed on the road in the past but this road is not suitable for the volume of traffic – and heavy goods vehicles in particular- that are using it.”

John Hart said:

“We need a better route into Lee Mill – there’s no doubt about that – and we want to address people’s concerns over safety, air quality and noise. There has been overwhelming support for the proposals so we will continue with its design and development and seek planning approval.”