Heywood Road Roundabout is located on the A39 north of Bideford. It is the main access serving Bideford, Westward Ho!, Appledore and Northam. It is a key junction on the A39/A361 strategic corridor providing links to Barnstaple and the M5.
In order for the junction to cope with proposed development in Bideford and Northam, including 5943 dwellings and 30ha of employment the roundabout needs improvement to increase capacity. This will be achieved by widening to three lanes on all approaches along with an increase in the width of the circulatory carriageway to two lanes.
The project will be achieved in two stages. The first stage involves the advance diversion of utility plant, and is the subject of this Growth Deal project. The second stage, construction of the highway improvement works, will be carried out as part of the major transport project to upgrade the North Devon Link Road.
The objectives of the overall scheme are to:
- Ensure the operational effectiveness of the strategic A39 route.
- Support development growth in Bideford and Northam.
- Accommodate increased traffic movements from Bideford and Northam.
A separate cycle route will be created to reduce the need for cyclist to negotiate the roundabout.
Growth Deal funding: £0.07m
Completed: March 2020