3rd March, 2014
Devon County Council and Torbay Council have confirmed that work is continuing on the bypass despite the recent severe weather.

Contractor Galliford Try is currently focusing activity on some of the structures that will be used to create the new route, including the Torbay Ring Road Underbridge and the  Aller Cross Underbridge which will eventually carry the new A380.

In addition, the construction team has provided support to alleviate flooded highways, clearing gullies wherever possible.

Jim Watson, Project Director at Galliford Try said: “Construction work on the South Devon Link Road is continuing despite the recent appalling weather and we are on schedule for completion in December 2015. 

“During the planning stage we anticipated that there would be some bad weather during the lifetime of the project and have been able to focus our attentions on other elements of the project at this time.”

“We’re pleased to report that our team has been continuing to work well during the recent storms – the traffic management team reacted swiftly to fences and signs that have been blown over during the strong winds; trees that have fallen into the Aller Brook have been removed to allow river flow to be uninterrupted; and our Public Liaison Team has been on 24 hour call out.

“We’ve also introduced a number of other measures including wheel washing facilities to reduce mud on the roads and installing a new drainage system near to the site office to divert flood water away from Kingskerswell.”

Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth at Devon County Council, said: “It’s good news that work on the project is continuing; it’s vital that we continue to invest in the resilience of our transport network in Devon and the South Devon Link Road is a perfect example of this.”

Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay, said: “We are getting the message across though social media that Torbay remains #openforbusiness, so I am very pleased that the South Devon link Road project is driving on and making good progress.”

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.