Commissioner says A361 is ‘critically important’ connection and backs proposed improvements from Devon County Council

Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has backed proposed improvements to the North Devon Link Road.

Ms Hernandez, who is a joint national PCC lead on road safety, said she would offer whatever support she can to improve the safety of the roads in Devon and Cornwall.

“The North Devon Link Road provides a critically important connection between the M5 and the north of the county,” she said.

“It is the only major road in the area and is relied on by tens of thousands of locals, tourists, commuters and businesses every year.

“A safe, effective and well maintained road link is therefore essential to the economic wellbeing and prosperity of Devon.

“Unfortunately this high number of vehicles makes it prone to a disproportionate number of serious road collisions and other road safety challenges.

“As well as the tragic loss of life and injury, these incidents close the road for many hours causing inconvenience for motorists as the police conduct their investigations. This causes frequent disruption to businesses and commuters alike.

Devon County Council’s proposed improvements would see the A361 widened from Barnstaple to South Molton, as well as more overtaking opportunities plus an ‘urban four lane road’ past Barnstaple.

All ‘uncontrolled’ right turns would be removed for the 35 kilometres between Bish Mill and Buckleigh Road, Bideford.

Ms Herndez said: “I am convinced the proposed improvements to the North Devon Link Road put forward by Devon County Council will make a major contribution to the safety and wellbeing of our communities and I fully support this bid.”