Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP has approved £38 million of funding towards a Devon County Council project to improve the A382 between Drumbridges and Newton Abbot - tackling congestion, providing new cycling and walking routes, improving journeys for all road users and supporting local growth. DCC will now carry out detailed design work and seek legal consents before submitting a full business case in early 2023.
Central Devon MP Mel Stride said:
“This is fantastic news. Thousands of my constituents in Bovey Tracey, Heathfield, Liverton and surrounding communities who travel into Newton Abbot from Drumbridges roundabout will benefit from this significant investment. It will be a major boost to the local economy and will help to reduce congestion at busy times.”
Newly elected Devon County Councillor for Newton Abbot North Phil Bullivant said:
“The announcement today that the funding to complete the work on the A382 has been secured from our government is great news for Newton Abbot. The investment will bring employment, improve access to the A38 and add to the attraction of Newton Abbot as a great place to live and work. This £38 million announcement and the grant of £9.2 million to improve our town centre are major building blocks laying the foundation for the future of our town.”
Devon County Councillor for Bovey Rural George Gribble added:
“The previous improvements made to Drumbridges roundabout have made a huge difference to road safety with vehicles now rarely backed up on the slip road and onto the A38. Further investment to improve the road past Stover is very welcome.”