South Devon Highway

The South Devon Highway has taken traffic away from Kingskerwell village and improved access to Torbay and South Devon. Congestion and accidents have been reduced, jobs created and flood risks reduced.

Project location: Kingskerswell, Devon

Client: Devon County Council

Cost: £110m


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Why the new highway was needed

The South Devon Highway is a 5.5km dual carriageway that provides the long awaited bypass for Kingskerswell. The road bypasses the former A380 between Newton Abbot and Torbay.

The improved access to Torbay and South Devon is expected to bring lasting economic benefits, leading to the creation of nearly 8,000 jobs in South Devon with around 3,500 of these in Torbay.

It is predicted that the new road will remove 95% of traffic away from Kingskerswell, restoring and revitalising the village.

How the new highway has improved the area

The scheme has cut queuing from this congestion blackspot with commuters reporting an hour saved per day. The old A380 had the highest number of collisions of any road in Devon which have been removed.

Some residential properties in and around Kingskerswell are now at a reduced risk of flooding due to associated works.

People who made it happen

  • Devon County Council
  • Torbay Council
  • Ramboll UK Ltd
  • Galliford Try
  • WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

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3 more reasons to vote

  • Since opening Kingskerswell has seen an 84% reduction in traffic travelling through the town
  • The project included 40 major structures: a 270m long railway tunnel, 150m long viaduct over Penn Inn, eight further bridges, two of which span railway lines, over 4km of retaining walls and 10 significant culverts
  • The original plans for this project were submitted in 1961!