You know the highways, but do you know the byways?

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Alan Payling offers a helping hand for those who might get stuck in traffic jams on the major routes heading to and from the south west by sharing a bit of local knowledge

It was a series of traffic newsflashes on DevonLive, the online version of Torquay’s local paper, the Herald Express, that yet again cauaght my eye. The bulletins concerned a regular issue on the major roads round here – accidents bringing traffic to a standstill, causing lengthy delays.

A trip on the old A30 is a trip back in time in more ways than one. ALAN PAYLING

It was a Wednesday morning. At 0935hrs there had been a three-car collision on the A30 to the east of Exeter near Pathfinder Village. Traffic heading for Exeter and the M5 was at a standstill. The road was fully reopened at 1120hrs, by which time there was a four-mile tailback to clear. […]

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