Life made easier for coaches in South Devon

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Doug Jenner, right, of the Old Police Station Cafe, Princetown, greets tour driver, Trevor Mills, one of the first drivers to use the new Moretonhampstead Link Road
Doug Jenner, right, of the Old Police Station Cafe, Princetown, greets tour driver, Trevor Mills, one of the first drivers to use the new Moretonhampstead Link Road

A new Moretonhampstead link road has opened in South Devon, meaning drivers can avoid busy a crossroad and the centre of the village.

The new link road joins the A382 to the B3212 north of the village. Traffic coming from Torbay heading for Princetown should now continue to travel north along the A382. A new roundabout on the outskirts of Moretonhampstead has clear signs indicating the direction to follow to skirt the village en route to Princetown, Tavistock and Plymouth.

One of the first tour drivers to use the new link road, Trevor Mills of Truemans Coach Travel from Hampshire, said: “Anything which improves access through narrow villages or town roads without causing disruption to local inhabitants can only benefit all concerned and help maintain a healthy relationship with the local community.”

Doug Jenner of the Old Police Station Café in Princetown, a popular destination for coach parties visiting Dartmoor, said: “Moretonhampstead is a tricky old place to get through sometimes. We’ve had drivers booked in to visit the café held up for as much as 20 minutes in Moretonhampstead sometimes. The new link road will make life so much easier and help drivers keep to time, particularly when they also have to get down into Plymouth in time for a boat trip from the Barbican.”

Alan Payling of the Torquay-based Coach Drivers Information Pack, who is also a coach guide in the Dartmoor National Park, said: “Due to stringent planning restrictions in the national park, not many improvements to the road network can take place. But the new link road is one to be welcomed and drivers of coaches are being encouraged to use it.”

For more information contact Alan Payling on 01803 325 369 or email [email protected]