North Devon Link Road

17th May 2018
Motorists in Devon are set to benefit from better journeys after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling approved a series of improvements to the North Devon Link Road to better connect the area to the rest of the country.
 
On Thursday, May 17 more than £83 million of government funding was confirmed to pay for upgrades on the A361 between South Molton and Bideford.
 
The £93.1 million plans include widening three sections of the A361 between Barnstaple and South Molton, with two lanes of travel in one direction and a single lane in the opposite direction. The extra lane will help provide safer overtaking opportunities and make average journeys on the route more reliable.
 
Upgrades to a number of junctions and improved connections will also provide a much needed boost to North Devon as a place to do business.
 
Geoffrey Cox QC, Member of Parliament for Torridge & West Devon commented:
  
“I am delighted the Government has recognised the powerful case for investing substantial sums of money to upgrade the North Devon Link Road. 
 
The £93.1 million funding to make improvements to this major route will make a real difference to the great many drivers who rely on it. 
 
The upgrades will directly benefit residents and businesses in Torridge by relieving pressures on the road, improving driver safety, providing safer access and reducing journey times.
 
This funding has been secured following intense lobbying behind the scenes and I congratulate Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council and Peter Heaton Jones MP for the effort they put into securing this investment for our region. When we met the Secretary of State for Transport in December to present our bid for a share of the Government’s Large Local Majors Fund, I pressed upon him just how vital these changes are to improving the economy of Torridge and North Devon and the wider region and I am pleased that our compelling case was heard and has been acted upon by this Government.”
   
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
 
“This Government is investing record amounts in our roads, spending £6 billion to improve journeys in our towns and cities and boost their economies.
 
“Devon County Council’s plans to widen the A361 will ease traffic on the road and improve every day journeys for residents and businesses in North Devon.
 
“Our commitment of £83.1 million to the scheme will help improve access to towns in the region.”
 

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Saturday 8th September
Holsworthy, Tavistock
 
Saturday 22nd September
Bideford, Torrington