AN additional £4.6-million has been added to Devon County Council’s budget for transport improvements for the coming financial year.
This was approved by the county council’s Cabinet last week, to add to a £24.5-million package of schemes for its Transport Capital programme for 2017/18.
The additional funding includes £4-million from the National Productivity Fund grant.
Work will continue on the large local major business case for the A39/A361 North Devon Link improvements, which will be submitted to the Government in December.
The grant will also be put towards traffic management, cycle facility and accessibility improvements in market and coastal towns, as well as continued work on the rural multi-use trails – this includes the Drake’s Trail to Princetown and the Tarka Trail, which runs from Meeth to Hatherleigh.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for Economy and Growth, said: ‘We have a good track record of getting schemes “shovel-ready” to secure external funding. We are continuing to design and prepare schemes in order to bid for funding as the opportunities arise.
‘The capital programme for transport makes the best use of available grants to deliver our aims of economic growth and improving people’s health.’
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for Highway Management, said: ‘This is good news for Devon. Even in times of austerity we’re investing in projects right across the county. This includes further investment in walking and cycling as well as preparing the next group of schemes for future funding bids.’