A bridge at Landkey and an underpass at Bishops Tawton look set to be approved next week as part of major proposals to upgrade the North Devon Link Road.

Bishops Tawton residents are concerned an underpass is not the safest solution for the busy Bishops Tawton roundabout. Picture: Tony GussinBishops Tawton residents are concerned an underpass is not the safest solution for the busy Bishops Tawton roundabout. Picture: Tony Gussin

Following public consultation, Devon County Council's cabinet committee is being recommended on Wednesday (May 15) to green light the two schemes as part of the £93million improvement of the A361 between Barnstaple and South Molton.

If councillors agree, the pedestrian and cycle crossing proposals will be put through to the planning application, land acquisition and tender stage, as well as approve the appointment of a contractor to undertake advance planting.

A bridge for walkers and cyclists is earmarked for the Landkey junction after being raised as a concern by Landkey Parish Council.

A £2m underpass is seen as the solution near the Bishops Tawton roundabout but some residents have already objected to the proposal, fearing it will be a magnet for anti social behaviour.

A report to the DCC cabinet by Dave Black, head of planning, transportation and environment, said: "An underpass to the west of Bishop's Tawton underpass has been selected as the preferred option.

"It removes pedestrians from the live carriageway while maximising safety and minimising impacts on the environment and residents.

"Doing nothing is considered unacceptable as it compromises the strategy for the wider link road, whilst a footbridge is ruled out in terms of impact and cost, and a signalised crossing is discarded in terms of safety."

Mr Black said it was proposed to submit a planning application for the Bishop's Tawton roundabout this summer.

How the Bishops Tawton underpass could appear. Picture: DCCHow the Bishops Tawton underpass could appear. Picture: DCC

When Bishops Tawton residents spoke to the Gazette in February, they said surveys had shown around 70 people a day crossed the road by the roundabout, many of them schoolchildren.

They believed an underpass would be unsafe as it will attract anti social behaviour and instead suggested a Toucan crossing would solve the problem, since traffic is already slowing down at that roundabout.

While the report to committee acknowledges that concern, the county council says the underpass will be short, largely open to the north, and that anti-graffiti paint and good lighting will also be used.

READ MORE: Bishops Tawton residents object to £2m underpass plans .

The Bishops Tawton roundabout plans as part of the Link Road upgrade look set to include an underpass. Picture: DCCThe Bishops Tawton roundabout plans as part of the Link Road upgrade look set to include an underpass. Picture: DCC

The planning application for the Landkey scheme is also expected to be submitted this year, once the design for the scheme has been finalised.

More than £83m of government funding has been confirmed to pay for upgrades to the Link Road with a further £10m coming from the county council.