A £1.145 million scheme to re-vamp one of Barnstaple’s busiest roundabouts has been unveiled by Devon County Council.
The work to the Roundswell roundabout, on the A39 near Barnstaple, will provide additional approach and exit lanes as well as widening of the roundabout itself to improve traffic flow.
The scheme will also open up access to two development sites, delivering around 1,100 homes and 3,000 jobs.
Local County Councillor Richard Edgell said: “This is a major contribution towards the cost of significant highway improvements.
“This should help to ease the current high levels of traffic congestion at peak times and help to facilitate better access to the important major developments anticipated for the immediate area.”
The first construction of phase of the Roundswell scheme is scheduled to get underway in January 2014 and completed in July 2014, with phase two taking place from January 2015 to March 2015.
The scheme is seen as crucial for supporting economic growth and tackling traffic bottleneck and follows the £4.7 million Pinch Point Funding being granted to the county council in May to deliver the Crediton Link Road and Tithebarn Link Road, which accesses the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “This latest announcement will be warmly welcomed and means that Devon has now successfully bid for four major schemes through the pinch point fund, attracting almost £8 million towards important infrastructure.
“This recognition speaks volumes of the quality of our submissions and the value for money these schemes will provide, and all credit must go our dedicated team who have worked so hard on this.
“These are vital developments which will benefit local economic growth and keep Devon moving. Work will now focus on delivering these schemes for our communities and local businesses.”