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Preparations underway for South Devon Link Road

South Devon Link Road

Posted on: 19 July 2012

Devon County Council and Torbay Council have announced that preparations for the South Devon Link Road are well underway, ahead of the main construction works starting in the autumn.
The 5.5km dual carriageway, which will provide a long awaited bypass for Kingskerswell, was given full approval by the government in May.
Contractor Galliford Try is currently preparing and agreeing detailed designs of the major new road, which will bypass the existing A380 between Newton Abbot and Torbay.
The improved access to Torbay and South Devon is expected to bring lasting economic benefits, leading to the creation of nearly 8,000 jobs in South Devon and a further 3,600 in Torbay.
Devon County Council Leader John Hart said: “This shows that the South Devon Link Road is well and truly under way. The new road will bring a major economic boost to the South Devon area and I am looking forward to seeing construction commence.”
Official orders to utility companies to divert services where needed for the scheme have now been placed and advanced archaeology work is also being planned to start in September. This will be mainly focused in the Aller Cross area, to record an Iron Age/Romano-British site.
Other preparations include finalising plans for the new under 10s playground in Kingskerswell. The area will include a variety of different playground equipment to encourage creative and energetic play in a safe environment –construction is due to begin this autumn and should be complete by Christmas.
A start has also been made on building a new property to replace Elmcroft, an existing property in Kingskerswell which will be demolished by the scheme. This involves the construction of a new building set back further on the existing site together with the construction of a special bat roost.
Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver said: “These preparations are vital steps in the South Devon Link Road project and will help ensure that the construction phase runs smoothly.
“On the back of this successful scheme, other projects for job creation will be encouraged to the Bay as inward invest will be wholeheartedly welcomed. The project will enable the Bay area and South Devon as a whole to prosper and benefit socially and economically.”
It is predicted that the new road will remove 95% of traffic away from Kingskerswell, restoring and revitalising the village.
The main site work is due to begin in the autumn and is scheduled to be completed by December 2015.
A newsletter for residents is currently being finalised which contains more details about the plans and a series of public exhibitions about the scheme are planned for the autumn.

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