North Devon Link Road project set to start

Tuesday 10th November 2020

A major upgrade of the A361 is set to move forward following a £60m allocated investment. The major project – led by Devon County Council – is designed to boost the local economy by supporting plans for 6,700 new homes, thereby making is easier for people to access job opportunities in the area and for businesses to benefit from quicker journey times. For a fuller perspective on this subject please read the bulletin below, issued by Insider Media today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 10th November 2020

Link Road project to move forward 

A multimillion-pound road upgrade is set to get underway in North Devon after being allocated £60m of investment. 

The funding will kick-start major works on the A361, also known as the North Devon Link Road – cutting journey times, boosting connectivity and unlocking housing across the region.

The major project, being led by Devon County Council, will boost the local economy by supporting plans for 6,700 new homes in the region, making it easier for people to access job opportunities, and for businesses to get around. 

Works will focus on a 4.8 mile stretch between South Molton and Barnstaple. The route will be modernised with a wider carriageway, which will improve overtaking opportunities, safety and resilience. The road’s capacity and eight key junctions will also be upgraded while facilities for pedestrians and cyclists will be introduced along the route. 

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "These works will boost connections, cut congestion for drivers and improve people’s quality of life. 

"It is a clear indication of our commitment to levelling up and investing in transport infrastructure. Through these works, we’ll improve people’s ability to travel across the Southwest while providing thousands with greater access to new homes and new jobs." 

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council cabinet member for infrastructure, development and waste, added: "This announcement is fantastic news for local residents and for Devon’s economy. The upgrade of this road is the biggest transport investment in north Devon for a generation. It will help unlock the true potential of the local economy in northern Devon, and with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, that is vital at this time." 

The route provides the most direct link between North and South Devon and is a key route linking the South West to the rest of the UK.