Further consultation being prepared on North Devon Link Road

North Devon Link Road

Posted on: 30 May 2017

Devon County Council is preparing to launch further public consultation next week on improvements to the North Devon Link Road.

The County Council will be putting forward a scheme option which supports economic growth by reducing journey times, improving safety and improving network resilience.

The proposal will focus on the section of the North Devon Link Road between Borner’s Bridge Junction on the A361 north of South Molton and Heywood Road Roundabout on the A39 north of Bideford. This will include widening the road to provide more overtaking opportunities and improving junctions. The estimated cost of the full scheme is £250 million although it could be built in phases.

Around Barnstaple itself an option has been developed to improve the capacity of junctions and to widen the existing road to provide two lanes in each direction with a central double white line and a speed restriction. No improvements are being considered between Tiverton and South Molton at this stage.

The consultation will run from Friday 9 June until Friday 28 July with an online questionnaire available at www.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay and a number of exhibitions will also be held at:

Friday 16 June  Green Lanes, Barnstaple, 9am – 5pm
Saturday 17 June  Green Lanes, Barnstaple, 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 20 June  Town Hall, Bideford, 12pm – 8pm
Friday 23 June  Amory Centre, South Molton, 12pm – 8pm

There will also be an unmanned exhibition at Taw View from Monday 24 July for one week.

Feedback from the consultation will inform further refinement of the option which will be included in an application to the Department for Transport to fund the scheme.

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste Management, said: “Feedback from last year’s consultation showed overwhelming support of 95% backing the need for a scheme, and the County Council has been looking at a raft of improvements along the route to drive forward economic growth. We’re keen to hear what people think of what is being put forward so that the scheme can be further developed for an Outline Business Case which is likely to include three separate costed options with one preferred option.”

The County Council is aiming to submit an Outline Business Case to the Department for Transport in December.

More information on the scheme is available at www.devon.gov.uk/ndlr.

1 comment on “Further consultation being prepared on North Devon Link Road

  1. Martin Abbott says:

    I am astonished and disappointed that no consideration is being given to the section between South Molton and Tiverton. It seems that ‘economic growth’ takes precedence over safety. Many of the junctions along this stretch require ‘run offs’ to improve the safety of the public when turning off the A361. I consider this is another lost opportunity to improve safety along this notorious road.

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