Councillor calls for traffic control for Starcross caravan chaos
A caravan and camper van got too close for comfort causing significant holiday traffic jams at a notorious bottleneck near Exeter.
And it hasd now led to calls for summer Saturday traffic control in Starcross .
Local councillor Alan Connett contacted the police and local councils asking for an officer to control traffic in the estuary village on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm for the next few weeks to stop the bottlenecks and jams building up, especially where the main A379 narrows at the Courtenay pillars.
Local residents took the picture above of two caravans 'negotiating' the pillars where the A379 meets New Road in the village.
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"It's a notorious trouble spot, especially when larger vehicles are trying to pass and in the summer, the problem is many times worse and holiday makers travel to or leave the local campsites," explained Cllr Connett.
Many residents have commented on the Starcross community facebook site about the problems and recall the improvement many years ago when a local police officer attended and controlled traffic for a few hours.
Cllr Connett added:" Devon County Council have been looking at the idea of putting in traffic lights, but the costs may well be in excess of £250,000 and because of the nature of the road, is not as straight forward as it might seem.
"However, the village does need help on Saturdays in the summer holidays - it is a pretty unique situation - and for a few hours with an officer on duty I am sure we'd take the stress away for both the motorists and holiday makers as well as residents in Starcross."
Cllr Connett, district and county councillor for Starcross, has asked both Devon County Council and Teignbridge Council as well as the police to review the problems and see if, between them, some help can be given for the few holiday Saturdays that remain this year while longer term options are looked at.