Setting Out On Road Link Journey

25th September, 2012
Galliford Try, the contractor responsible for the A380 South Devon Link Road, has begun work on site by marking out the line of the new route. Red posts have been positioned to indicate the centre line of the new road and blue posts for the location of the permanent boundary fence in a process that?s known as the preliminary setting out.

Said Jim Watson, Galliford Try project director: ?Local people have been waiting decades for a bypass and we?re glad to confirm that work is finally underway. Having worked myself on the bid and pre-construction stages of the contract for three years I also find it really satisfying to see real works taking place even though they are very minor at this stage.?

He added: ?Many sincere thanks to the many members of the local community for attending the public exhibitions we recently hosted with our clients, Devon County Council and Torbay Council. We received many practical comments and will certainly take them all into consideration during detailed planning of construction works.?

Over 1000 residents from across South Devon went along to the exhibitions in Kingskerswell, Milber, Paignton and Newton Abbot between 10th and 14th September to find out more about the updated plans. A range of experts were available to answer questions and explain how work will progress throughout the project.

Plans and exhibition materials were also displayed at Paignton Library between 17th and 21st September and will be at Torquay Library between 24th and 28th September.

Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation said: ?We were heartened by the numbers of people who attended these events.

?Any project of this size and complexity attracts many differing opinions and a great many questions. This was a good opportunity to talk to people face to face and explain the many decisions around the scheme.

?We understand that some people still have concerns relating to aspects of the project, but it is also evident that the bypass has strong support throughout the area and many are keen to see it take shape.

?We expect construction work to cause minimal disruption and we are committed to maintaining regular communication with residents and businesses to keep them informed of progress.?

Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: ?I?m pleased that construction work has started. It is a key milestone and moves us one step closer to the new road, which will improve the future prosperity of Torbay.

?We will continue to work closely with Galliford Try during this construction phase and will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.?

Meanwhile, Galliford Try has recently recruited two new members to its Newton Abbot-based team. Tracey Waygood from Kingsteignton has been appointed as public liaison officer with responsibility as first point of contact for all enquiries from the public as well as proactive community communications. She previously worked for the Lloyds Banking Group for 14 years, most recently heading up the internal communications team within its wealth management. She also has retail management experience.

Tim Fletcher has joined as graduate engineer. A Torquay resident, he holds a degree in Civil and Coastal Engineering from the University of Plymouth. Prior to that he studied for an Access to Higher Education Diploma at South Devon College with which Galliford Try has teamed up for recruitment and training purposes during the three-year construction programme. Tim?s experience includes a summer vacation spent in the engineering office of Torbay Council and he was a pupil at Torquay Boys Grammar School.

?We?re delighted that our policy to recruit locally as far as possible has got off to such a positive start,? said Jim Watson. ?We expect to make further appointments over the next 12 months or so.?

The 5.5km dual carriageway, which will provide the long awaited bypass for Kingskerswell, was given full approval by the government in May.

Work is due to begin in the autumn and be completed by December 2015.