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The scheme is to widen the A380 Kings Ash Road from Churscombe Cross roundabout to Luscombe Lane. The road will be widened to two lanes northbound towards the dual carriageway from the traffic lights at Spruce Way. There will be a single lane southbound, from the top of the hill to the junction with Ramshill Road, where there will be two lanes through the traffic lights at Spruce Way. A right turn lane will be provided for traffic to turn into Ramshill Road.

The roundabout at Churscombe Cross will be resurfaced and the lane markings altered to allow both lanes of the dual carriageway to enter Kings Ash Road before merging back to a single lane. 

 

The brow of the hill in this section of Kings Ash Road has been lowered by around 2m to increase the forward visibility, which was carried out during a full closure of the Road in February and March 2017.

The traffic signal junction at Spruce Way will be enlarged and the existing life expired lights replaced. There will be a right turn lane for traffic turning into Spruce Way, and a pedestrian crossing of Kings Ash Road at the junction. A new footway will be provided from Luscombe Lane to Higher Ramshill Lane, on the West side of Kings Ash Road, and a new 3.0m wide footway / cycleway on the East side between Ramshill Road and Churscombe Cross roundabout.

There are also several Utility diversions to be carried out as part of the scheme, including the installation of four new storm water storage tanks, new gas and water mains, and diversions of BT and electric cables.

The new cutting slope on the East side of the road will be landscaped on completion of the scheme, and it is hoped that some trees and hedges will be replanted and a wildflower seed used in place of grass. 

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Key Dates

  • Scheme Duration: 13 February 2017 to 15 December 2017
  • Works to start at the Spruce Way junction in April 2017
  • Final surfacing of the road will take place in September 2017
  • The works are due to be completed in early December 2017

Further works

There will be further evening/night time closures of Kings Ash Road in the Autumn to allow final surfacing of the new and existing road, and the exact dates of these closures will be published on this page as soon as they are known.

FAQs

The Western Corridor scheme is proposed to improve one of Torbay’s main strategic routes and is expected to boost the economic development of Torbay by improving access to both existing and planned sites for employment and housing.

The majority of the funding is being provided by the Heart of the South West  Opens in a new window (HotSWLEP) along with a contribution from the Department for Transport and some capital funding from us.