MPs Vsit South Devon Link Road Site

29th July, 2014
MPs and councillors visited the South Devon Link Road construction site earlier this month for an update on current activity and to find out more about the next phase of the project.

MPs Anne Marie Morris and Adrian Sanders visited the site, along with John Hart, Devon County Council Leader and Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport at Torbay Council.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council, along with contractor Galliford Try, organised the visit - visitors were given a tour of the site along the route of the new road to view progress to date.

The visiting party were also given a project update, giving an opportunity to understand progress and ask questions about the next phases of the programme.

Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot said: “I am pleased with the progress on the South Devon Link Road to date.  Visiting the site is very useful and allows me to monitor progress on the project on behalf of my constituents.  When complete, the new road will make day to day travel much easier in my constituency, for locals and visitors alike.”

Adrian Sanders, MP for Torbay said: “Travelling along the route of the new road shows how it is beginning to take shape and brings the project to life. It was interesting to find out more about the next phase of activity.

John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, said: “The project is progressing well and we were pleased to offer MPs the chance to have an update.  It’s important they are kept informed of developments and we will continue to provide briefings throughout the project.”

Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport, Cllr Robert Excell, said: “The South Devon Link Road project is the largest highway project in the South West.  Keeping everyone informed on how the works are progressing is a key part of our work, especially for the commuters who have been using the old road for many years and are looking forward to the new improved dual carriageway.”

Jim Watson, Project Director at Galliford Try, said: “Bringing MPs onto the construction site is an integral part of our communications strategy, allowing us to build and develop strong relationships. It gives us the chance to provide updates whilst listening to any concerns that the MPs may have.