Four new signal junctions on the A379 are planned. This includes one to the east of the Devon Hotel and three to the west. Each new junction will provide access into the development site, with one of the junctions connecting to the realigned Chudleigh Road. The delivery of these junctions includes widening of the A379 to enable additional lanes to be included at the junctions.
The Eastern Junction is a new access junction to a development parcel between the Devon Hotel and Matford roundabouts. It unlocks two land ownerships and is currently being progressed to meet developer timescales. It is considered necessary for DCC to take an active role in the delivery of this junction given that it unlocks two landownerships and is on the extremely sensitive A379.
At present, this section of the A379 is a four-lane road with limited facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. There are currently no crossing facilities near the Matford roundabout and the shared use path on the south side of this road is narrow. The scheme will deliver a new toucan crossing on the approach to the Matford roundabout to connect the south side of the A379 and the new development with the existing shared use path on Bridge Road and Matford Marsh. The existing shared use path on the A379 will also be widened where possible and the existing layby will be removed as part of the works. Furthermore, a new signalised junction will be created with a new side road to the south of the A379 which will provide access to the proposed development area. Please see the plan of the junction works for more information.
A contractor has been appointed and works started on site in mid-August 2020. Unfortunately, the works are taking longer than planned and it is now anticipated that the scheme will be completed during Autumn 2021. This is longer than planned due to encountering hard material during the works and services being found on site which were not shown on original plans requiring an amendment to the design of these services.
A contraflow system has been set up which has closed the eastbound carriageway to allow works to be undertaken on the south side of the A379. Eastbound traffic has been moved onto one of the lanes on the north side of the A379 with one lane now open in each direction. Once these works are complete, the contraflow will be switched so that the lanes open to two-way traffic will be on the south side of the A379 and the works will move onto the north side of the A379. Once the works on the north side are complete, then the middle lanes will be closed to allow works to be undertaken in the middle of the A379. Every effort will be made by the contractor to minimise disruption to the travelling public. There will be requirements during the programme for some overnight full closures and timings for these will be publicised in advance.
Realignment of Chudleigh Road
The existing Chudleigh Road has a junction with the A379. Vehicles using this junction have to cross a busy road and with the development planned, using this junction would become more difficult in the future. The existing junction is located close to the bridge which goes across the A30, meaning it is not possible to improve the junction without relocating it. The road is therefore planned to be realigned and will have a new, signalised junction with the A379 further to the east.
The county council has been undertaking work to inform the design of the realignment. The principle of the realigned road was included in planning permission for the housing development. A new detailed planning application for the realignment of the road has been submitted to seek approval for the detail of the proposals. Details of the application can be found on the Devon County Council planning website. To view the design of the realignment, please see the plan of the works.
Southern spine road
The southern spine road will link the different development sites to the south of the A379. There are three different developers in this area and the delivery of the road would help to unlock new homes in each of these sites.
A new roundabout is planned to provide access to the employment site close to the existing at Peamore.
Devon Hotel roundabout upgrade
Improvements are proposed to the existing ‘Devon Hotel’ roundabout. This will include an additional lane on the entry to the roundabout to increase its capacity.
Alphington Village enhancements
Public realm enhancements are proposed for Alphington Village to include widening of footways, provision for cyclists and improvements to crossing facilities.
The School Access Junction is a new signalised junction on the A379 between the Devon Hotel Roundabout and the existing junction with Chudleigh Road. Devon County Council is taking an active role in the delivery of this junction as it enables the construction of a new school as well as residential development.
Please see the plan of the junction works for more information. Facilities for pedestrians and cyclists across the A379 will be provided separately. It is proposed a pedestrian / cycle bridge will provide a connection across the A379 and is included within the Housing Infrastructure Fund project.
Following a tender process a contractor was appointed and works started on site in January 2021. It is anticipated that the scheme will be complete during Summer 2021. The majority of the works will be completed under localised lane closures and a contraflow system. Any full road closures necessary will be kept to a minimum, these would take place overnight and be notified in advance.