Transport minister announces £4.25million funding for North Devon Link Road upgrades, the day after a fatal collision on the road.

The government has announced £4.25million worth of funding for the North Devon Link Road today (Tuesday).

The funding, a share of £75million nationally, will be used to carry out a major carriageway and drainage renewal scheme.

It comes just days after two crashes on the A361, and calls from North Devon's MP to improve the safety of the road.

Yesterday a mother and her twin 12-year-olds died in a collision near the Landkey junction.

A mother and her seven- and nine-year-old children also remain in hospital after a collision on Sunday morning.

Announcing today's funding, transport minister Jesse Norman said: "We are taking the big decisions for Britain's future by investing in the infrastructure the country needs and ensuring motorists have the well maintained roads they expect and deserve.

"This investment will enable councils to repair roads and key infrastructure like bridges - boosting reliability on our roads so people can stay connected with family, friends and employment, while also keeping businesses connected with customers.

"Most of the schemes will be delivered within the next twelve months, so many drivers will see an immediate impact."

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones said: "I warmly welcome the announcement made by the Transport Minister today that the government is allocating £4.25million to Devon County Council to make some immediate improvements to the southern end of the A361.

"This will include significant renewal, improvements to drainage, and other refurbishment work on the dual carriageway.

"Just a few weeks ago I raised the issue of the North Devon Link Road with the minister in Parliament, so I am especially pleased that North Devon is being listened to.

"It is a good omen for the work that lies ahead to secure funds for major improvements in the longer term."

Consultations on a further £250million upgrade to the North Devon Link Road ended on Friday.