New bridge opens at Roundswell

Roundswell bridge

Posted on: 11 September 2017

A new £2.7 million pedestrian and cycle bridge near Roundswell in Barnstaple has opened to the public.

The steel bridge over the A39 completes the second phase of infrastructure improvements to upgrade links in the Roundswell area, which is earmarked for development.

It follows the upgrade of the roundabout in 2014 and the construction of a new second roundabout junction on the B3232 for access to new employment sites south of the A39.

The scheme has been part funded with £1.879 million from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), through its Growth Deal with Government. Match funding has been provided by Devon County Council and developer contributions.

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “The bridge provides a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists and minimises disruption to traffic on the A39 compared with a traffic signal crossing. By providing convenient transport links it reduces congestion and keeps Devon moving, which is good for the county’s growing economy.”

Steve Hindley

Steve Hindley, CBE DL Chair of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP, said: “Yet another one of the LEP’s Growth Deal projects is nearing completion, with seven already complete and a further 25 other projects in delivery. This scheme is a good example of the what the Growth Deal aims to deliver; it’s an infrastructure project that will act as a catalyst for growth by unlocking development land in Barnstaple.”

The bridge has also been designed to be wide enough to enable potential widening of the A39 in future.

Work has been carried out by Contractor Dyer and Butler Ltd and although substantially complete some painting, surfacing and landscaping work, which is weather dependent, will be carried out in areas cordoned off from the public.

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