North Devon’s MP Peter Heaton-Jones has called for further improvements to the A361 Link Road, following two serious collisions - one of which was fatal - in two days.
North Devon’s MP has called on the fight to improve safety on the North Devon Link Road to ‘redouble’.
Peter Heaton-Jones thanked emergency services for their efforts following two serious collisions on the A361 in two days.
A woman and two children died in a collision yesterday (Monday) morning near Aller Cross, involving a car and a lorry.
And a woman and two children, aged seven and nine, are in a serious condition in hopsital following a collision in almost the same spot on Sunday morning.
Mr Heaton-Jones said: “My thoughts are with the relatives and friends of the three people tragically killed on the North Devon Link Road.
“It is especially sad that two children were among the victims.
“We must thank the emergency services who dealt with this awful incident, and think too of the other motorists who were involved or witnessed the crash.
“This was the second serious accident in almost the same spot in 24 hours.
“It’s very close to my own home, and a stretch of road that I and many other local people use regularly.
“We know what a dangerous part of the A361 this is, which is why the community have been fighting for safety improvements. That fight must now be redoubled.”
Mr Heaton-Jones said he would be taking the ‘earliest opportunity’ to re-state the case for major investment on the road.
He added: “The government has already made £1.5million available to Devon County Council to draw up proper plans and put together the business case for the project.
“The latest public consultation has just ended, and soon we will be making a formal bid for the significant funds needed to do the work.
“I will push even harder to make our case, not only to improve safety, but also to ensure that North Devon’s economic future is not threatened by the current road, which is simply not fit for purpose.
The North Devon Link Road re-opened yesterday (Monday) at around 6pm.