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Funding bid for North Devon Link Road improvements to go to Government next week

PUBLISHED: 10:10 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:10 14 December 2017

The A361 North Devon Link Road in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

The A361 North Devon Link Road in Barnstaple. Picture: Sarah Howells

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The bid for funding for a £250million package of improvements to the North Devon Link Road will be handed in to Department for Transport on Monday

A formal bid for funding for improvements to the North Devon Link Road will be submitted to the Government on Monday.

Devon County Council’s bid for a £250 million masterplan to improve the A361 between South Molton and Bideford will be personally handed in at the Department for Transport in London one week before Christmas Day.

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones - who will hand the bid in alongside Devon County Council’s cabinet member for infrastructure Andrea Davis, North Devon Council’s deputy leader Pat Barker and Torridge District Council leader Jane Whittaker - hopes the bid will be an ‘early Christmas present’ for North Devon.

He said: “Devon County Council have been working for more than two years to put together a programme for big improvements to the A361,”

“We now have a plan – an ambitious plan – and we’re ready to submit the bid to the government.

“It will give details of a long-term, major project costing about £250million. The first tranche of improvements, from South Molton to Barnstaple, will cost around £80million in total, with options for the work to be done in phases.

“The bid will set out all these options for the government to consider, but overall it will make an extremely strong case to show why these improvements are so vital for North Devon.

“The current road is not fit for purpose; it’s hampering economic investment, it causes huge delays and it has a very worrying number of serious accidents.

“Of course there are many calls on the Department for Transport’s money, but I have done all I can behind the scenes to lobby for this and prepare the ground.

“We’ve made more progress in the last two years than the previous 22 years, and on Monday we reach a very significant milestone indeed.

“Let’s hope this is seen as an early Christmas present for North Devon – we need it, and we deserve it”.

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