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