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AXMINSTER: County to spend £47k on making junction safer
Friday, 17 January 2014
The Highways Agency aims to start A35 Hunters Lodge junction safety work no later than March 2015.
Calls for a safer junction were renewed after a series of serious accidents last year, including one on May 10th which claimed two lives.
MP Neil Parish, Axminster Town Council and Uplyme Parish Council have lobbied for improvements.
Mr Parish hosted a public meeting in Axminster in September, during which it was revealed that The Highways Agency had presented a proposal featuring markings, signs and a flashing light on the eastbound carriageway.
But the proposal was quickly dropped because it was based on statistics not including recent fatalities.
Work has since been going on behind the scenes and in a letter dated January 6th, Mr Parish wrote: “I met with the Highways Agency on December 9th.
“I can report from this meeting that the Highways Agency has secured some £47,000 to progress a revised scheme for the junction, with construction starting before April 2015 - and a further £10,000 to undertake a study that will look at traffic behaviour and speed.
“Mr Strong (of the Highways Agency) did assure me that every effort would be made to have a scheme outline available to present to stakeholders by the end of February 2014.”
Mr Parish also said that Devon County Council has agreed to have a look to see if improvements can be made to junction approaches.
A spokesperson for the Highways Agency said: “It is good news that, through the Highways Agency national prioritisation and funding process, we have been able to secure funding to progress an improvement at the Hunters Lodge junction.
“The study work will seek to gain further knowledge of issues occurring at the junction.
“It is underway and will observe vehicle movements and speed readings, as well as considering latest accident data at the junction
“We aim to have a scheme in construction before April 2015, using the funds available, to deliver a lasting improvement for road users as well as providing a value for money solution.”
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