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Two local roads schemes worth £144M to start

Transport ministers have given the green light for construction to start on Devon’s £109M Kingskerswell bypass and Corby’s £34M link road.

Transport secretary Justine Greening announced that work could begin on the £109M Kingskerswell bypass after the Treasury signed off the Department for Transport’s £76.4M investment in the scheme. It will see 5.4km of dual carriageway built between Newton Abbott and Torbay including a flyover section at Penn Inn.

The scheme, also known as the South Devon Link, won Treasury approval after the government’s contribution was cut from £108M. Devon County Council and Torbay Council have committed £33M from their budgets towards the scheme costs and Teignbridge District Council will contribute a further £500,000. The actual cost of the scheme has also been cut by £11.7M bystreamlining junctions and slip roads, omitting some street lighting, imposing a lower speed limit and deferring minor elements of the scheme until a later date.

The Kingskerswell Bypass was one of 20 schemes given initial approval in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last year. Main contractor Galliford Try will start preliminary work later this month with the main construction phase set to begin in the autumn. Work will be completed in December 2015.

Local transport minister Norman Baker gave the green light to work on the £34M Corby link road. The new 6.5km stretch of dual carriageway will run from the A6003 near Barford Bridge north west of Kettering to the Stanion roundabout at the A43/A6116 junction. The DfT is putting £20.6M into the scheme.

It too was one of the 20 given initial approval by Osborne last year. Work can now start on the main construction with the road scheduled to open in January 2014.

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