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£45million road improvement scheme will help Devon recover from pandemic

Posted on: 24 May 2021

A £45 million road improvement project to help boost South Devon’s economy has been confirmed by Devon County Council today.

The announcement came after the Government backed the county council’s scheme to upgrade the A382 linking Newton Abbot and the A38 with a cash injection of £38 million.

Devon County Council leader, John Hart, thanked the Government for its support.

Councillor John Hart“This is an early indication of how we intend to help Devon’s economy recover from the ravages of the pandemic,” he said.

The next phase of the ongoing work, on the adjoining A382-A383 link between Forches Cross and Howton Road, will begin later this year.

The scheme, which aims to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians as well as unlocking economic growth, is being funded by the Department for Transport, Devon County Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSWLEP) and Teignbridge District Council.

The project includes the widening of the A382 between Trago roundabout and Forches Cross which will increase traffic capacity and ease congestion.

This will support the construction of 2,500 new homes in the region and pave the way for the local economy to continue growing in the future.

A new dual carriageway between Drumbridges and Trago roundabout will also be built.

And plans or a shared pedestrian and cycle path, along with a bridge to allow them to safely cross, will ensure that pedestrians and cyclists will enjoy better journeys.

The green light has also been given to construct the planned Jetty Marsh II connection as part of the scheme, which will provide a new road between Whitehill Cross and West Golds way, with a shared-use path adjacent to the route – reducing traffic on Exeter Road and providing better links to the A38.

Councillor John Hart, the Leader of Devon County Council, said: “I would like to thank the Department for Transport for providing this funding.”

“This is the final stage of a major investment programme for the A382 corridor which is the culmination of several years of investment by Devon County Council.

“It is very important for the Newton Abbot’s economy and will unlock the development of new homes and jobs, resulting in reduced journey times, improved safety and ease congestion. It will also provide safe, high quality cycling and pedestrian routes, giving those wishing to make short journeys realistic alternative transport options.”

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said:

“This multi-million-pound investment will totally change the transport landscape in this part of Devon.

“This Government is dedicated to levelling up regions across the country and we will continue to support regional economies by investing in local transport projects like this one.”

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