A38 Manadon slip is too short for safety
I WISH to highlight to you my concerns around the safety of the slip road at Manadon Roundabout in Plymouth, feeding onto the A38 Eastbound. I would regard it as being too short, given the combined factors of:
Both the slipway feeds into the A38 are very busy, to the point that A38 traffic has to accommodate slip road traffic by moving to the outside lane, and this is not always possible during busy periods.
The traffic along the slipway coming along it in bursts (as determined by the traffic lights on the Manadon roundabout itself)
The limited visibility of traffic moving down the slip road of the A38 and vice versa, due to the concrete retaining wall of the ramp.
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The traffic along the A38 travelling at speed.
I have witnessed many near misses involving other vehicles. The situation is such that many regular users of the A38 passing this junction anticipate problems, and proactively move to the outside lane as they approach it from the West, whenever traffic allows. My observation is therefore shared by many, even if they do not put it in writing.
I am not aware of the accident statistics for this junction, but I believe it has the ingredients for a major incident. I would also imagine that the solution could be reached with some ease, simply by lengthening the slip road, for which the local topography lends space, such that it would require little more than some tarmac and a redrawing of some lines.
DR ASHLEY DINGLE