December 21 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Major £1.2million widening scheme to start in January with Government ‘Pinch Point’ funding.
MORE than £1million in funding has been secured for a major upgrade of the Roundswell roundabout on the outskirts of Barnstaple.
Improvements to the A39 bottleneck, revealed by the Gazette in January this year, will see additional approach and exit lanes, as well as widening of the roundabout itself to improve traffic flow.
Work is set to begin in January, with the first phase completed by July. A second phase will take place from January 2015 to March 2015.
The £1.2million scheme will go ahead following the announcement of additional £3 million Government funding for essential congestion-busting road schemes in Devon.
Devon County Council said Barnstaple’s £1.145 million ‘Local Pinch Point funding’ would open up access to two development sites in the town, delivering around 1,100 homes and 3,000 jobs.
Local County Councillor Richard Edgell said: “This is a major contribution towards the cost of significant highway improvements.
“This should help to ease the current high levels of traffic congestion at peak times and help to facilitate better access to the important major developments anticipated for the immediate area.”
District Councillor Rodney Cann, whose Bickington ward reaps the benefits of Roundswell traffic chaos, said it was good news:
“At the moment we are experiencing total congestion there and I have fought long and hard to get funding to improve it.
“This is very much a catalyst for the future development of the area and it’s absolutely ridiculous to proceed with housing projects such as Tews Lane without that roundabout.
“There has been too much talk and not enough action so this is really a major step forward and should improve the quality of life for people in the area.”
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “This latest announcement will be warmly welcomed and means that Devon has now successfully bid for four major schemes through the Pinch Point fund, attracting almost £8 million towards important infrastructure.
“This recognition speaks volumes of the quality of our submissions and the value for money these schemes will provide, and all credit must go our dedicated team who have worked so hard on this.
“These are vital developments which will benefit local economic growth and keep Devon moving. Work will now focus on delivering these schemes for our communities and local businesses.”