Bridge Road used to have 4 lanes many years ago – why was it reduced to 3 in the first place?

The fourth lane was removed originally in order to be able to provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. Devon County Council is always seeking to achieve a shift in travel modes away from car usage and the investment in pedestrian and cycle facilities contributes to this. The fixed width of many of the structures on the Bridge Road corridor meant that the 4th traffic lane originally had to be sacrificed in order to provide the pedestrian/cycle routes. Now that Bridge Road has reached its limit in terms of vehicular traffic capacity, more width needs to be provided by new structures or structural extensions, in order to create enough room to get the 4th lane back whilst further enhancing the pedestrian and cycle provision.