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Kingskerswell Road Reopens To Traffic

18th May, 2015
It is anticipated that Kingskerswell Road (Decoy Link Road) will be reopened to traffic on Saturday 23rd May, following the completion of the main works along the route.

Devon County Council and Teignbridge District Council, along with Galliford Try, the company responsible for building the road, have announced that the key construction elements are now complete and the road is ready to reopen.

Kingskerswell Road has been closed to traffic from just past the entrance to Buckland Athletic Football Club through to the junction with Priory Road since 19th January while road widening and straightening took place.

The decision to close the road whilst this work was undertaken was made to accelerate the project and reduce overall disruption to residents and the travelling public.

The Decoy Link Road is a £2.6million scheme which will improve the narrow road and provide separate cycling and pedestrian facilities.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “We’re really pleased that traffic will be able to travel along this route again - we know that the temporary closure of this road was difficult for some residents and commuters, but it allowed work to take place much more quickly and more safely.

“This new route is vital to allow the Silverhills industrial estate to expand and will provide a massive economic boost to the area.”

Devon County Councillor Alistair Dewhirst said: “The re-opening of Kingskerswell Road will be welcomed by residents in Kingskerswell giving them at long last a safe and pleasant journey to work or to shop in Newton Abbot. Hopefully many will choose to cycle or walk into town on the new shared cycle and pedestrian path which will join up with the proposed Aller Brook cycle path which will eventually lead right into the centre of the village.

“This new road will give the businesses in Decoy Industrial Estate a real boost, allowing them quick and easy access to their important markets in Torbay and Exeter. I hope people in Kingskerswell and the surrounding villages will find new and exciting opportunities as a result of this road development and the possibilities it now brings to our area.”

Devon County Councillor Gordon Hook, said: “The re-opening of the Kingskerswell Road will be warmly welcomed by many. The closure has caused considerable inconvenience but I sincerely hope that it will prove to have been worthwhile. I hope that its opening may produce some relief to other roads in the area."

Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: “We’d like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding during this busy time. The Decoy Link Road is a vital road scheme that has upgraded narrow roads in the area, improved cycle and pedestrian links and will help unlock the potential for Decoy Industrial Estate, making it easier for businesses to expand. It’s fantastic to see this project completed. This route will be a huge boost to the local economy and is much safer for those that use it.”

Chris Hastings, Project Director at Galliford Try, said: “Closing the road for such a length of time was not an easy decision, but as the route was so narrow it would have taken longer and been too difficult to undertake these road improvements safely whilst keeping traffic flowing normally.  We thank motorists for their patience over the past four months and are pleased that it’s being opened on time.”

The work along the route has widened and realigned the existing Kingskerswell Road and created a signal controlled crossing over the rail bridge. The works also made safety improvements along the busy route for pedestrians and cyclists, with a new shared cycleway and footway.

The upgrade of the road aims to accommodate the extra traffic around the Silverhills Industrial Estate area - the industrial estate is currently home to 25 businesses, but is due to expand to create around 500 new jobs. Although it will link directly onto the South Devon Link Road at Aller Cross, this is a discrete project that is funded separately and has distinct aims and objectives.

The work was undertaken at this time in order to qualify for Department for Transport Pinch Point funding.
Updates and further details will be announced on the South Devon Link Road website www.southdevonlinkroad.co.uk

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