The following is a list of the key events that have occurred over the lifetime of planning the scheme:

1951 Bypass route shown on County Development Plan by Devon County Council
1977 Public consultation for alternative route and route adopted
1989 Government take on delivery of the scheme as part of their trunk roads programme
1996 Scheme abandoned by the Government
2002 Devon County Council and Torbay Council carry out Public Consultation for a reduced scheme
2005 Planning consent granted
2007 First bid for major scheme funding
2008 Compulsory Purchase Orders made
2009 Public Inquiry held
2009 Tenders invited for the construction contract
2009 Government Spending Review – all transport schemes suspended
2010 Scheme is placed in the development pool for consideration with 45 other schemes
2011 Best and Final Bid submitted to Government - approved December 2011, Public Inquiry decision announced and Scheme Orders confirmed
2012 Full Approval Bid submitted to Government - approved May 2012 and construction contract awarded to Galliford Try

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