Devon County Council and Torbay Council have announced the appointment of the contractor for the new South Devon Link Road which signals the start of the revitalisation of the South Devon and Torbay economy.

Galliford Try has been awarded the contract to build the major new road, which will bypass the existing A380 between Newton Abbot and Torbay, and is expected to lead to the creation of nearly 8,000 jobs in South Devon and a further 3,600 in Torbay. 750 of these jobs would be in tourism, which is one of Torbay’s biggest sectors at 17% - twice the national average.

Independent research indicates that every £1 invested into the construction of the bypass will produce a £9 stimulus to the South Devon economy, bringing the region’s economy back into line with more prosperous areas. As well as providing opportunities for growth, it is also expected to make the South Devon and Torbay economy more resilient in future.

The 5.5km dual carriageway, which will bypass Kingskerswell, has been awarded £76.4 million toward the £110 million cost by the Government. Devon County Council and Torbay Council have committed £33 million from their budgets towards the scheme costs and Teignbridge District Council will contribute a further £500,000.

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