Money will go towards plans for upgrading the A361 between Tiverton and Barnstaple

An extra £1.5million has been announced for the North Devon Link Road in the Budget today (Wednesday).

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones said he was delighted the Chancellor had included the money in his plans.

It will go to Devon County Council to support the development of the business case for upgrading the A361 between Tiverton and Barnstaple.

The measure was announced in the so-called Red Book - the background papers that go with the Budget and is one of few specific road projects actually named in the Budget documents.

“This is excellent news, and comes after significant lobbying of the Chancellor by myself and by the county council, including a letter I wrote to George Osborne just last month specifically asking him to consider this project,” said Mr Heaton-Jones.

“Of course this is just the start, but a business case and proper plans are the first stage of any road improvements before more money can flow for the actual work.

“Only two months after the election, the government is making good on its promise to fund improvements to the North Devon Link Road, which is something I have campaigned on very hard indeed.”