Several North Devon and Torridge areas will benefit from a £51.4m Government payout, but it would take £167m to improve all the Devon roads needing maintenance

Several areas in North Devon are set to benefit from a £51.4million highway maintenance budget.

The amount has been awarded by the Department of Transport to Devon County Council for the coming year, though the council says this is still not enough money to fix all the roads in the county.

The maintenance programme includes £9.8 million for schemes on roads with a large number of potholes and structural defects.

In North Devon and Torridge, this will include the A388 Saltrens in Bideford, the A39 at Alwington and the A377 Old Exeter Road in Bishops Tawton.

Around £8.6 million will be spent on surface dressing and patching, £1.7 million will be used to keep footways in a safe condition, £1.3 million will be invested in improving skid resistance on some of the county's A-roads, and £900,000 has been earmarked to upgrade and replace safety barriers.

A £1.1m schedule of drainage upgrading and repair will be carried out on major roads and the winter salting network. Work will also be completed on the £10.2m scheme to provide LED street lighting on all main roads.

Around £6.75 million will be spent on bridges and structures. This will include corrosion protection at Landcross Viaduct and replacing joints on the A361 bridge over the River Torridge.

Strengthening work will be carried out on structures including Pattard Bridge near Hartland

C-roads and unclassified roads make up 87 per cent of Devon's network, and a report to the council's cabinet highlighted that almost a quarter of these needed immediate maintenance.

It said it would cost £167m to improve all roads currently needing planned maintenance.