The South Devon Link Road is a 5.5km dual carriageway, providing the long awaited bypass for Kingskerswell. The road bypasses the former A380 between Newton Abbot and Torbay.
The major new road - now called the South Devon Highway - was opened to traffic in December 2015, although the project itself is not yet officially complete. The project was granted full approval by the government in May 2012 and work began in the autumn of the same year.
The improved access to Torbay and South Devon is expected to bring lasting economic benefits, leading to the creation of nearly 8,000 jobs in South Devon, with around 3,500 of these in Torbay. It is predicted that the new road will remove 95% of traffic away from Kingskerswell, restoring and revitalising the village.
The A380 between Penn Inn, Newton Abbot and Kerswell Gardens, Torquay is one of the most choked up and heavily used roads in the region, carrying over 35,000 vehicles a day.
Running to the west of the existing A380 and bypassing Kingskerswell, the South Devon Link Road will provide a safer, less congested and faster route for through traffic, with the existing road remaining to provide a quieter route for local traffic, buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
It will provide a host of other environmental and economic benefits, too – to find out more click here
The South Devon Link Road partnership consists of Devon County Council and Torbay Council, in conjunction with the contractor Galliford Try.
Galliford Try is proud to be a member of the Considerate Constructors scheme. We abide by the scheme’s code of practice which encourages the safety of employees and the general public on and around construction sites, and consideration for the environment in which we operate.
Where possible Galliford Try source contractors locally. You can see a list of the companies, many from the South West, we have contracted so far here
We've put together a document that lists some of the statistics about the South Devon Link Road. Please click here to view the document.
The total cost of the South Devon Link Road is estimated to be £110m. The Department for Transport has paid £76.39m towards the project. The balance is being shared equally between Torbay Council and Devon County Council, with Teignbridge District Council making a £500k contribution.