Bridge link over A39 at Roundswell to start this autumn

Roundswell Roundabout: Courtesy North Devon GazetteRoundswell Roundabout: Courtesy North Devon Gazette

Posted on: 9 June 2016

Proposals for a £2.855m pedestrian cycle bridge over the busy A39 at Roundswell in Barnstaple was given the go-ahead by Devon County Council’s ruling cabinet on Wednesday.

The scheme is the second part of a three-phase infrastructure development plan in the area,  and the work is scheduled to begin in November 2016 and completed in the summer of 2017.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2014 and included an improved Roundswell Roundabout and a second smaller roundabout on the B3232.

The third phase is proposed to include  a Park & Change car park facility to the south of the A39 and an Innovation Centre development  by North Devon Council to  support employment opportunities for key industries in the area, including advanced engineering, marine and energy and business services.

Once completed, the bridge will provide a cycling and walking link between Roundswell Business Park to the north of the A39 and new employment land to the south identified in the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan up to 2031.

The bridge will has been designed to allow for any future widening of the A39 into a duel carriageway. The cycle bridge will incorporate access ramps and shared paths between the B3232 Torrington Road to the south and Fishleigh Road to the north.

It will ensure that pedestrians, cyclists and people with buggies and mobility scooters can cross the busy road safely. Eventually this bridge will be link to a continuous cycle/pedestrian route through new developments into the town centre.

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter1Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member  for Economy and Growth said: “I am pleased that Devon County Council is putting further investment into North Devon.

“I welcome this new bridge as it will support economic growth and provide an attractive link between new employment land to the south and a proposed Park & Change facility and the existing business park and Barnstaple town centre.

“These new developments will provide high quality jobs for the area and they require safe pedestrian and cycle crossing routes to enable people to get to work safely.”

Councillor Frank Biederman, the local County Councillor for Fremington Cllr Frank BiedermanRural, said: “This proposal is a key part of delivering a safe and sustainable walking and cycling link to this site.

“This investment will help to bring higher paid employment and a park and ride scheme to the area and link the villages on the south side of the A39 to Barnstaple and help mitigate the likely impact of future development in the area.

“This is part of the overall schemes in the area which I have continued to work hard to get and I am pleased that it is being built in away to be able to add extra lanes to the A39 in the future.”

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