MPs issue Devon bypass funding

MPs issue Devon bypass funding

Funding for a long-awaiting dual bypass in south Devon has been given the green light by the Government.

The £109.2 million Kingskerwell bypass will provide over three miles of dual carriageway between Newton Abbott and Torbay, with preliminary work set to begin later this month.

Road users will be able toplan their journey using to new South Devon Link Road by December 2015.

Developers claim the bypass will reduce traffic going through the village by more than 90%, a view that transport secretary Justine Greening agrees is crucial to the scheme.

"This bypass will provide an alternative to driving through the middle of the village which currently sees very heavy traffic, particularly over busy holiday periods," said Greening.

"The people of Kingskerswell will no longer have to put up with endless traffic jams, exhaust fumes and trucks thundering through the village and the road will really open up Torbay for tourism, creating jobs while providing a more pleasant drive for locals and visitors alike."

Chancellor George Osborne announced the scheme as one of 20 given initial approval in his Autumn Statement last year.

Copyright Press Association 2012