Devon County Council has published an update on its project to improve the A361 North Devon Link Road between Tiverton and Abbotsham.
After the Department for Transport approved the Strategic Outline Business Case and agreed to fund Stage 2 work, including the development of more detailed designs and more accurate cost estimates, Devon County Council has been successful in securing and bringing forward future funding. While funding was not expected to become available until April 2017, the Department for Transport agreed to provide Devon County Council with the full amount of Stage 2 funding (£891,000) in February 2017. This brings the total amount of funding secured for the scheme to £1.5 million.
Topographical surveys, environmental surveys, an initial design workshop and roadside interviews have taken place and the Traffic Modelling team has completed a base model and met with the Department for Transport to agree the methodology for modelling the scheme options.
A Value Management Workshop will be held in April 2017 for stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, Historic England and representatives from the North Devon business community.
An External Gateway Review will also take place to provide assurance that the programme can progress successfully and help deliver a better quality project and improve value for money.
A public consultation will be launched in May 2017.
For full details visit new.devon.gov.uk .