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April 2022

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Published on 20 April 2022

Key funding decision awaited for link road development on the edge of Newton Abbot

Councillors will be asked next week (Full Council, Thursday 28 April) to approve a £600,000 contribution to help deliver a multi-use link road between Newton Abbot Hospital and the Bovey Tracey Road (A382) at Jetty Marsh.

The new link road will provide an important vehicle, cycling and pedestrian route into the town, ahead of 135 new homes being built at the Sibelco Berry Knowles development which will offer 30 per cent affordable housing and 20 per cent custom build.

And through an agreement with developers Sibelco, the impact on the environment from the work will be reduced by extracting materials from the site to use in the development of the road, removing the need and additional costs of transporting it from elsewhere.

The £600,000 contribution is part of the £6.73 million local contribution required from Devon County Council and Teignbridge for the link and the remaining improvements planned for the A382 road all the way between Newton Abbot Hospital and Drumbridges roundabout.

The contributions developers make to local communities through the Community Infrastructure Levy will cover the council’s share of the costs. 

The Jetty Marsh Link road includes a new roundabout at Whitehill Cross and will improve access for people walking and cycling into the town or to the hospital, as well as reducing congestion for traffic.

Executive member for planning, Cllr Gary Taylor welcomed the significant national capital funding achieved jointly by Teignbridge and Devon County Council to improve the route between the A38 and Newton Abbot town centre - and to bring forward a connection through Houghton Barton from the A382 to the A383.

He said: “The Jetty Marsh link is a key element in the significant improvements being made to the local transport network and will benefit vehicle drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.  I urge Teignbridge councillors at next week’s council meeting to agree the £600,000 funding which will enable earthworks to get underway as soon as possible and allow the ground to settle, before the carriageway, pedestrian and cycle route are created.”

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Counc il’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said: “This project will provide a new road between Whitehill Cross and West Golds way, with a shared-use path adjacent to the route which will ease congestion  on Exeter Road and provide better links to the A38 resulting in reduced journey times.

“It follows several years of investment by Devon County Council and is very important for Newton Abbot’s economy. It will unlock the development of new homes and jobs and provide safe, high quality cycling and pedestrian routes, giving those wishing to make short journeys realistic alternative transport options.”

Phase 1 of the A382 improvement programme between Forches Cross and Whitehill Cross, was completed in 2021 with the council contributing £5.1 million towards the cost of the £13.2 million project. Work on the first part of the Houghton Barton Link Road is nearing completion and £38 million has been secured from the Government to upgrade the remainder of the A382 Drumbridges to Newton Abbot route.