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Preliminary scheme improvement layouts for North Devon Link Road approved

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Posted on: 11 July 2018

Preliminary improvement scheme layouts for improvements to the North Devon Link Road have been approved by Devon County Council’s Cabinet.

Following agreement from councillors today (Wednesday 11 July) a full business case for the scheme will now be prepared to be submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT).

Devon County Council made a successful bid for £83 million of Local Majors Funding from the DfT in May which will go towards the £93 million scheme. The funding is subject to a final decision by the DfT once a full business case has been presented by the County Council.

The upgrade will widen 7.5km of the North Devon Link Road from South Molton to Barnstaple to provide more overtaking opportunities. There will also be junction improvements and safety upgrades from South Molton to Bideford.

The County Council’s Cabinet also approved that a planning application and environmental permit should progressed for the scheme and that work is started on the acquisition of land through negotiation and/or a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). Where private land is needed for the route, landowners have been identified and the plans of the proposals are available to allow negotiations to take place with the County Council.

A planning application is expected to be submitted in October for road widening and junction improvements on the section of the road between Portmore Roundabout and Filleigh Cutting.

Cllr Andrea Davis

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “Everyone is aware how important the North Devon Link Road is and many people rely on it to get to and from northern Devon. We’ve campaigned for funding for years and with government backing we can now bring about these improvements. We’re excited to be progressing with this scheme and we will look to take the next steps in preparing a planning application and full business case.

“Upgrading junctions and widening sections of the route to increase overtaking will improve the reliability and safety of the route for motorists. We are also improving the cycling and pedestrian experience in the Barnstaple and Bideford area with new crossings.”

The County Council will be able to carry out improvements to six junctions on the route as permitted development, with no need for additional permission.

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