Roundswell Roundabout improvements get go ahead from Devon County Council
ROUNDSWELL roundabout is set to get a complete revamp this year after Devon County Council approved plans to widen one of North Devon's widest junctions.
In December the Journal reported how the roundabout had been identified by the County Council as a site which needed improvement.
Plans presented to North Devon Council by county highways officers showed how the roundabout could be widened to allow more lanes of traffic on and off it as local councillors look to draw up a new local plan for the development of the area.
And the plans presented then have been adopted, subject to available funding being found.
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And now the council has approved the recommendations of its officers the £1.2 million improvement scheme could begin later this year.
County councillor for the area Rodney Cann said the decision was a victory for common sense.
"I'm obviously well pleased," he said. "I held a site visit with officers some time ago to explain the difficulties in the area.
"Congestion around Roundswell makes life a misery for so many people.
"The roads around the roundabout are often gridlocked and traffic can queue for up to a mile along Bickington Road and even further on the A39.
"So I welcome these proposals, as they should speed up traffic and the sooner the work begins the better.
"I was concerned the work would be approved in principal and then forgotten about because there's no funding, but I've been reassured there may well be funding coming down for this soon.
"It's essential it goes ahead as soon as possible as Roundswell is an economic driver for North Devon."
And Mr Cann also said he had urged County Highways officers to look at the Cedars roundabout next.
"There is an imbalance at Cedars, with far more traffic going into Barnstaple than coming out," he said. "That's something that can be looked at."