Clyst Honiton bypass opens to the public

PUBLISHED: 15:52 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 16 October 2013

The Clyst Honiton bypass which links to Cranbrook is now open. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhc 0777-40-13SH

The Clyst Honiton bypass which links to Cranbrook is now open. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhc 0777-40-13SH

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The £9million project will greatly relieve traffic in and around Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Clyst Honiton.

A bypass which provides a number of essential traffic links, including one from Clyst Honiton to Cranbrook, is now open and operating.

The route of the new road is located on land to the east of Clyst Honiton, linking the ‘new’ A30 trunk road from the airport junction to the former A30, which is now called the B3174, or London Road, to the north.

The tunnel, for which construction started in March 2012, also provides access routes to the new Skypark business park and the Intermodal Freight Terminal.

Although the opening was a low-key affair, it signalled another promising push forward in Cranbrook’s development as pace gathers on the town’s construction.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highways and transportation said: “This is very good news for all motorists who regularly use the route and surrounding roads.

“I am sure it will be well used as it’s been a long time coming. It’s great to see it open.”

The £9million cost of the bypass was made possible through a significant amount of public sector funding.

Three million pounds came from the Regional Infrastructure Fund and £4.5million from the Growth Fund Grant, with the balance being funded by the consortium of Cranbrook developers.

An additional £300,000 was paid from the Growth Fund towards the cost of a design and tender package for the bypass and the main local route into the new community.

East Devon District Council leader Paul Diviani said: “The opening is very positive as we have been waiting for this for some time.

“The bypass will free up the infrastructure, relieve the burden of traffic and greatly benefit transport and heavy goods vehicles looking to get into the Skypark.

“The tunnel will also have a positive impact on the houses built close to the start of the old A30, which has born the brunt of heavy traffic over the years.

“The road now has some much needed relief.”

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