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DfT backs Devon link road with £60m

Words: Laura Edgar

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced a £60 million investment for upgrades to the A361 – the North Devon Link Road.

The scheme would reduce journey times, boost connectivity to jobs and unlock housing across the region.

The project is being led by Devon County Council. It is hoped that the road will support plans for up to 6,700 homes.

Works will be focused on a 4.8-mile stretch between South Molton and Barnstaple. The government said the carriageways would be widened to “improve overtaking opportunities, safety and resilience”. Eight key junctions would be upgraded and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists are to be introduced along the route.

Andrea Davis, Devon County Council cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, said: “The upgrade of this road is the biggest transport investment in North Devon for a generation. It will help unlock the true potential of the local economy in northern Devon, and with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, that’s vital at this time.

“We’ve been working tirelessly on this project for a number of years so it’s great to see that effort rewarded with this government funding. We’ll now be looking to get work started as soon as we can.”

Shapps added: “These works will boost connections, cut congestion for drivers and improve people’s quality of life. It’s a clear indication of our commitment to levelling up and investing in transport infrastructure.”

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