Local schemes to benefit from �34m transport pot

Improvements earmarked for rail, road and cycle routes in North Devon

PLANS to improve facilities and access at Barnstaple railway station have been factored into a �34million Devon County Council transport funding programme.

Rail and road schemes in the town, and walking and cycling routes in Ilfracombe, are also set to benefit from the Devon and Torbay Local Transport Plan, a programme drawn up to enhance the county’s transport network over the next three years.

The programme sets out how the �19million of Government funding for 2014/15 will be spent.

In addition council will be investing a further �15million on transport projects on top of its financial support for the South Devon Link Road and M5 Junction 29.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “This is a positive programme that delivers benefits to all parts of the county.

“It continues the progress made in extending the culture of walking and cycling into our market towns and rural areas, as well as investing in bus and rail improvements.

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“The Government support for the improvement of Junction 29 and for the South Devon Link Road has highlighted that investment in transport infrastructure is a priority,” he added.

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