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The Transport Strategy for northern Devon will:

(1) Provide good strategic connectivity by:

(a) ensuring the operational effectiveness of the strategic road network (A361 and A30) and other strategic routes including the A39, linking the area to the national road network (M5 and A30) and to Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall;

(b) maintaining the function of the wider strategic road network serving northern Devon;

(c) improving journey times and service quality on the Barnstaple-Exeter rail line linking northern Devon to Exeter and the wider rail network;

(d) improving the strategic routes towards Ilfracombe along the A399 from Aller Cross and the B3230 from Barnstaple;

(e) maintaining the function of Bideford as a commercial port and developing enhanced harbour facilities, including at Ilfracombe to support any future ferry service and operational hub for any future off-shore renewable energy schemes;

(f) safeguarding routes and exploring opportunities for the reuse and reinstatement of former railway lines;

(g) maintaining and enhancing the function and connectivity of the public rights of way network within northern Devon including the completion of the gap in the Tarka Trail between Willingcott and Knowle; and

(h) locating freight generating development and local freight handling facilities close to the strategic road / rail network or Bideford port.

(2) Meet the needs of local communities and visitors to the area by:

(a) providing transport infrastructure that facilitates the delivery of proposed strategic extensions for housing and employment development and facilitates economic regeneration;

(b) developing quality public and community transport networks (and supporting infrastructure) within and between Barnstaple and Bideford and the networks linking these centres to northern Devon’s main towns and rural communities where viable;

(c) improving overall accessibility of northern Devon by providing a wide range of integrated practical and attractive travel options and improving interchanges for transfer between modes of travel;

(d) developing quality strategic recreational routes and local pedestrian, cycle and bridleway networks and further integration and enhancement of the public rights of way network;

(e) protecting and enhancing the function and safety of the road network; and

(f) recognising transport impacts from the seasonal nature of traffic in northern Devon.

(3) Reduce the environmental and social impacts of transport by:

(a) reducing the need to travel by car and enabling alternative sustainable travel options as supported by the Local Transport Plan;

(b) improving transport connectivity between rural communities and the main towns where viable;

(c) requiring a Transport Assessment or a Transport Statement and a Travel Plan for developments that generate significant traffic movements;

(d) actively managing car parking provision through type, capacity and charging to influence demand patterns;

(e) developing traffic management schemes in the main towns;

(f) maximising safety on transport networks through improvements to physical infrastructure design whilst conserving historic environment assets;

(g) ensuring that access to new development is safe and appropriate; and

(h) protecting the landscape character and ecological interest along the main and minor route(s).

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