The Eastern Junction is a new access junction to a development parcel between the Devon Hotel and Matford roundabouts which unlocks two land ownerships.
Previously, this section of the A379 was a four-lane road with limited facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. There were no crossing facilities near the Matford roundabout and the shared use path on the south side of the road was narrow. As part of the scheme a new toucan crossing has been delivered 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 shared use path on the A379 has also been widened where possible and the existing layby removed. Furthermore, a new signalised junction was created with a new side road to the south of the A379 which will provide access to the proposed development area.
The works started on site in August 2020 and were completed December 2021.
Devon County Council is also progressing three remaining signalised junctions on the A379. 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. Detailed design is currently underway for these remaining items, further information will be available as the designs progress. Following this, tendering for a contractor to deliver the works will be undertaken before starting the construction work on site.
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 undertaken work to inform the design of the realignment. A detailed planning application for the realignment of the road, to seek approval for the detail of the proposals, has been approved. 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.
Following the granting of planning permission, detailed design is progressing, in advance of delivery. Works are expected to start on site in Summer 2023 for one year. Full details of traffic management arrangements will be provided in due course.
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.
Devon County Council is delivering the two remaining sections of the spine road. The first of these has had a planning application submitted and can be viewed on the County Planning webpage.
The remaining section is currently within the design stage and a planning application will follow.
A new roundabout is planned to provide access to the employment site close to the existing at Peamore.
Devon Hotel roundabout upgrade & Trood Lane Junction
Improvements are proposed to the existing ‘Devon Hotel’ roundabout. This will include an additional lane on the entry to the roundabout as well as facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
The scheme is being combined with the delivery of a new signal junction at Trood Lane (to the west of the Devon Hotel roundabout) with the aim of minimising the impact of the works.
To view the design of the roundabout upgrade, please see the plan of the work.
To view the design of Trood Lane Junction, please see the plan of the works.
Vegetation clearance works have been undertaken in preparation for the delivery of the scheme and a tender process has started. Following tender, a contractor will be appointed and works are proposed to start on site in summer.
Public realm enhancements are proposed in Alphington (along Church Road and Chudleigh Road) to include widening of footways, speed reducing measures and improvements to crossing facilities. Initial work, including a consultation, has been undertaken to inform the design of the enhancements. Following a review of the feedback, further design work is being carried out on the recommendations within the consultation report. Once this is completed, tendering for the works will commence in order to deliver the scheme.
The School Access Junction is a new signalised junction on the A379 between the Devon Hotel Roundabout and the existing junction with Chudleigh Road which enables the construction of a new school as well as residential development.
Facilities for pedestrians and cyclists across the A379 will be provided separately. A new pedestrian / cycle bridge will provide a connection across the A379 and is included within the Housing Infrastructure Fund project.
Works started on site in January 2021 and were completed December 2021.