Plans for a new £2.5million spiral footbridge over the North Devon Link Road have officially been submitted.

The bridge would enable pedestrians and cyclists to cross from Landkey village and a proposed new housing development at Westacott.

It is the final stage of improvements for the Link Road that require planning permission, after Devon County Council planners in 2019 gave the go ahead for overall scheme to improve the A361 and for an underpass at Bishop's Tawton.

As the road is set to be widened at Landkey and a new roundabout installed, it would make it harder for residents of Landkey to cross the road, so it was agreed that a segregated facility close to Landkey Junction to facilitate the safe crossing of pedestrians was required.

The county council has now submitted the application for the new bridge, which will incorporate spiral ramps to both the north and south, a combination of circular and straight ramp sections, to create a spiralling ramp from deck level down to the existing ground level.

Explaining the scheme, a statement with the application said: "Landkey junction is currently an uncontrolled T-junction, with plans approved to upgrade this to a roundabout, which will also provide access to the Westacott allocation.

"The approved plan widens the road in this location and it will increase the existing levels of severance caused by the NDLR.

"It will also raise safety concerns, particularly in the context of the expected rise in demand, associated with pedestrians and cyclists crossing this 60-mph road."

The statement says a signalised crossing was ruled out as this would disrupt the flow of traffic and would pose a safety hazard, the watercourse levels made the problems of an underpass insurmountable, and that an alternative footpath does not link with direct roads to Landkey and is not suitable for cyclists for those with mobility impairments.

The proposed bridge - which would offer a similar link to the footbridge at Roundswell - is expected to cost around £2.5m.

The council's development management committee will determine the application at a later date.

Plans already agreed for the Link Road included widening a 7.5km stretch (just under five miles) of the A361.

The stretch of carriageway in the plans runs from the Portmore roundabout in Barnstaple to Filleigh Cutting near South Molton.

The main work is expected to start in November 2020, with major construction likely to begin in 2021 and last for around two years.