Green light for new toucan crossing on busy East Devon road in bid to slow down traffic

A new toucan crossing is set to be installed on the busy Honiton Road in Blackhorse village, East Devon, as part of further plans to slow down traffic.

Highways chiefs last week gave the scheme the green light last week, saying it would help cut the speed of vehicles on the westbound approach or leaving the area.

Blackhorse residents have long complained about motorists ignoring the road’s speed limit.

At the end of 2018, members of the East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) agreed that the roundabout arm to Clyst Honiton, which is closed off with concrete barriers, should be permanently shut.

A signalised toucan crossing is a type of pedestrian crossing that also allows bicycles to be ridden across the road.

Dave Black, head of planning, transportation and environment, in his report to the meeting, said that the crossing should help reduce the speed of traffic.

He added: “There have been historic concerns raised by residents of Blackhorse about the volume and speed of traffic passing on Honiton Road accessing new developments including Cranbrook and the Lidl Regional Distribution Centre.

“This crossing facility will help create a gateway feature at the eastern end of the village, helping reduce speeds of vehicles on the westbound approach or leaving the village.”

Mr Black added that, while there may not currently be high volumes of pedestrians and cyclists travelling in the Sowton village direction, the crossing would improve access to and from the local bus stop.

It will in turn provide access for Blackhorse residents travelling to Exeter or to jobs at SkyPark or Exeter Airport, and for people travelling to the Blackhorse pub and Women’s Institute offices.

He added: “The crossing will be a small element of the overall Clyst Valley Way route and will ultimately allow path users to travel between Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton and Sowton village.

“The crossing would also form a junction point with the Exeter Strategic Cycle Route E4 between Cranbrook and Exeter city centre.”

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