Work starts on latest Growth Point infrastructure

The latest phase of infrastructure development to the East of Exeter is underway.

Devon County Council has today (Monday 6 February) started work on the widening of around 1km of the old A30 (now the B3174), from the Cranbrook development westwards to the Clyst Honiton Bypass. The bypass is being constructed at the same time by the Cranbrook Development Partners. Work is being co-ordinated between contractors to minimise disruption to the travelling public as much as possible.

The widening will create a westbound bus lane which will lead to the approach to the eastern access of Skypark. A footway and cycleway will be developed on the northern side of the road, which will connect to the new St Martin’s Church of England Primary School and Nursery which is due to open at Cranbrook in September for children currently attending Clyst Honiton Primary School.

The upgrading of the B3174, which is expected to be completed by August, will be carried out in two phases. Temporary traffic signals will be used at times so motorists should expect some delays. The first phase will focus on the area from Cranbrook to just beyond the Station Road junction heading to Broadclyst. The second phase will then move west, continuing on the stretch which will join with the new bypass. Additional drainage and utility work will also be carried out at the same time.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Developments in the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point are continuing apace and the area is really starting to take shape now. We have always maintained that it is absolutely vital that the infrastructure to the Growth Point, such as the award winning Redhayes bridge over the M5 and the ongoing improvements at Junction 29, are ready before the major developments are up and running. We’re on target to achieve that and this widening will ensure that staff, parents and pupils at the new St Martin’s Primary in Cranbrook will have the option of a safe walking and cycling route to school in time for its opening.”

Councillor Peter Bowden, local County Councillor for Broadclyst and Whimple, said: “Some disruption will be unavoidable at times over the next few months, but every effort is being made to keep this to a minimum through fantastic co-operation of contractors and consortia. Nevertheless putting the infrastructure into place at such an early point in the development will prove to be hugely advantageous and ultimately a safe and proper way forward.”

Mike Owen, on behalf of the Cranbrook Development Partners, (Hallam Land Management, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon) said: “We are delighted to announce the start of bypass works and we are liaising closely with Devon County Council to ensure the traffic impact is kept to a minimum.”

The Clyst Honiton bypass scheme will start work at each end of the route, on its link to the old A30 near Hayes Farm and at the airport roundabout at Pound Corner.

Issued on 6 February 2012 by Devon County Council