Work on the first part of the major scheme to reverse the flow of traffic through Torre has started.
The works are expected to be completed by the end of March and will then allow vehicles more direct access to Torquay town centre.
The first part of the scheme is taking place at the traffic signal junction of Tor Hill Road and Abbey Road, locally known as Central Church. Provision will be made to allow outbound traffic from Castle Circus to turn right into Tor Hill Road.
Between now and March further works will be undertaken at the junctions of Teignmouth Road, Upton Road (Brunswick Square), Union Street, Laburnham Row and Union Street. Traffic flow will be finally reversed in Union Street prior to the forthcoming Spring.
Councillor Mark King Executive Lead for Planning, Transport and Housing said: “For over two decades there has been a debate about changing traffic routes into Torquay Town Centre. The current traffic flow towards the Town Centre is less than direct in contrast to the ‘exit’ routes which are much easier to navigate.
“This discourages movement into the town centre and the new route will replace the current circuitous and sometimes congested route that all vehicles currently must take, improving journeys for businesses, shoppers, visitors and commuters by all modes of transport.”
The scheme will also feature extensive route resigning works, as well as the relocation of a number of bus routes.
The reversal of traffic flow within Torre has been an aspiration of the local traders and community groups for many years.
The scheme has been funded by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Once completed the scheme will see traffic being able to get into Torre and the Town Centre more easily; reducing delays, congestion and improving air quality. Pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit from new crossings and opportunities for improved routes.
The works for this project are being undertaken by Tor2