One year on – South Devon Link Road marks first anniversary of turf cutting

13th November, 2013
MPs and Councillors visited the South Devon Link Road construction site last month, to mark one year since work began in earnest on the project.

MPs Anne Marie Morris, Adrian Sanders and Sarah Wollaston visited the site, along with John Hart, Devon County Council Leader; Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth at Devon County Council; and Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council, along with contractor Galliford Try organised the visit which showcased current activity, updated the visitors on progress to date and included a tour of the site, along the route of the new road.

In October 2012 the first turf was cut to mark the beginning of the long-awaited South Devon Link Road – twelve months on, the road is beginning to take shape, with the outline of the road clearly visible along the route.

Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth at Devon County Council, said: “Good progress has been made on the project over the past year, - visiting the site was really interesting and gave an insight into the scale of the work.”

Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay, said: “Just over a year ago the road only existed on paper, but twelve months on the reality is coming into being.  It’s exciting to see the project moving along and recognise this anniversary of the turf cutting.”

Jim Watson, Project Director at Galliford Try, said: “The summer weather has really helped our earthworks programme progress well and we are looking forward to the next phase of the project.

“As the second year begins, the most visible construction phase will be the start of work on the North and South ramps of the Penn Inn flyover.”

The 5.5km dual carriageway, which will provide the long awaited bypass for Kingskerswell, was granted full approval by the government in May last year: work began in autumn 2012 and is due to be completed by December 2015.

For the most up to date information please take a look at The South Devon Link Road website, where you can also register to receive the monthly construction bulletin direct by email.