Extra £4.6 million for transport improvements

Tithebarn Link RoadTithebarn Link Road

Posted on: 8 March 2017

An additional £4.6 million has been added to Devon County Council’s budget for transport improvements for the coming financial year.

This has been approved by the County Council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday 8 March) to add to a £24.5 million package of schemes for its Transport Capital programme for 2017/18.

The additional funding includes £4 million from the National Productivity Fund grant. £2 million of these funds will be used to enable the first phase delivery of the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension A361 junction, which will unlock over 1,000 dwellings. £1 million will also see work starting on new urban cycle routes in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple.

The remaining funds will help accelerate design and land acquisition to ensure there is a pipeline of transport schemes coming forward in future years. This will include highway schemes linked to major housing sites at South West Exeter, Newton Abbot and Bideford and improving access to major employment sites in Exeter, Barnstaple, Holsworthy and Cullompton.

A number of on-going schemes are due to be completed in the coming financial year including phase two of the Tithebarn Link Road, providing relief to M5 Junction 29, A361 Portmore roundabout and the A39 North Devon Hospital in Barnstaple, A379 Bridge Road in Exeter and the A38 Deep Lane junction in Sherford.

The Growth Deal funding announcement for the A382-A383 link road and cycle proposals (Houghton Barton package) in Newton Abbot will see progress towards a phased start. Funding decisions on other Government grant bids are due for announcement, including the Coastal Communities Fund for the Teign Estuary cycle route between Dawlish and Teignmouth as well as the New Stations Fund for Marsh Barton railway station.

Work continues on the large local major business case for A39/A361 North Devon Link improvements, which will be submitted to Government in December.

There will also be traffic management, cycle facility and accessibility improvements in market and coastal towns, as well as continued work on the rural multi-use trails – this includes the Drake’s Trail to Princetown, Sidford to Sidbury, Tarka Trail (Meeth to Hatherleigh and Braunton to Ilfracombe), Teign Estuary, and the Wray Valley Trail.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “We have a good track record of getting schemes “shovel-ready” to secure external funding. We are continuing to design and prepare schemes in order to bid for funding as the opportunities arise. The capital programme for transport makes the best use of available grants to deliver our aims of economic growth and improving people’s health.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is good news for Devon. Even in times of austerity we’re investing in projects right across the county. This includes further investment in walking and cycling as well as preparing the next group of schemes for future funding bids. In particular, £1 million of the National Productivity Investment fund is allocated to urban cycle routes that support growth including key routes in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple.”

6 comments on “Extra £4.6 million for transport improvements

  1. B M Cross says:

    Before starting more cycle trails coulod you please finish the ones you started years ago . In particular the Waye valley Trail which at the moment has one massive blockage in the middle at Lustleigh. All the money and effort that has gone into it so far completely wasted as it cannot be used by anyone who is not brave enough to cycle on the main Bovey – Mortenhampstead road
    Barry Cross
    Bovey Tracey

  2. P.Thompson says:

    Given the dire state of public transport in much of Devon (especially North Devon where 20% of households have no car), I commend to Devon County Council the plan published by Cornwall County Council: One Public Transport System for Cornwall =

    If only Devon had such a plan.

  3. Les P says:

    How about a bypass for Bickleigh Bridge on the A396 which was first considered in 1972/3 but got sidelined when the M5 was under design and construction. Traffic count has a multifold increase since then and this ancient structure is continually damaged by long wheelbased vehicles.

  4. Anon says:

    Could we please spend some money on improved rail links to get some of the grid locked traffic off our roads? Could we also enforce cyclists to use cycle paths where they are available instead of holding up traffic on the roads when they have an alternative.

  5. Carol Humphreys says:

    I really hope some of this money is going to be spent on our disgusting pot holed roads in the South Hams!!

  6. anon says:

    I hope that some of the funds will be spent on improving the Pinn lane junction with Tithebarn Link. The original junction created as part of the Tithebarn link is dangerous. Our Councillors only seem to visit these roads for openings and don’t give too hoots at the massive cock-ups that are made at the design stage. By the time public are involved, the decisions have already been made!

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