£100,000 scheme to slow traffic through Kingskerswell

Joseph Bulmer

£100,000 is to be spent on new traffic calming measures along the main road through Kingskerswell between Torquay and Newton Abbot

Until the opening of the South Devon Link Road in December 2015, the road was the primary route between the two towns, but traffic has since fallen by around 80 per cent.
Because it was formerly a key road, at between nine and 11 metres, it is much wider than a typical village road. Five years ago the width was reduced by re-marking advisory cycle lanes each side of the carriageway and removing the centre lining. A 20mph zone was introduced too, starting south of Avenue Road on Newton Road, and extending south just past Water Lane on Torquay Road with the most significant changes at Jury’s Corner.
However, while a report to the Teignbridge highways and traffic orders committee said these works were “generally successful, leading to a reduction of average speeds by 5 mph and a reduction in road traffic collisions,” it found many drivers are breaking the reduced speed limit.
Speed detection radars found that in the 20 mph zone south of Jury’s Corner, the average speed was over 27 mph, while in the 30 mph section south of Southey Drive the average was 32 mph.
The new measures will see so-called ‘gateways’ introduced along the 20 mph section, which will work on a give-and-take basis.