Kingskerswell Bypass

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has selected Galliford Try to construct the A380 South Devon Link Road (Kingskerswell Bypass) for Devon County Council and Torbay Council, in south-west England.

As part of the £80m ($126m) contract, the company will construct the 5km dual carriageway between Newton Abbot and Torquay, bypassing the village of Kingskerswell.

Galliford Try chief executive Greg Fitzgerald said the company is delighted to be awarded the major and prestigious contract, which will result in significant economic and environmental benefits and also improve safety.

"The link road is a great opportunity for us to further strengthen our presence in the south-west, a region where we are well established as a housebuilder," Fitzgerald added.

The DfT is funding more than £76m ($119.7m) for the programme, which will help reduce traffic congestion on Devon’s roads, as well as benefit the environment and local economy.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council will contribute £33m, while Teignbridge District Council will add £500,000, according to BBC News.

The detailed design of the project will start in May 2012 and construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

The bypass will provide heavy traffic, which drives through the middle of the Kingskerswell village, with a new alternative to reduce the traffic jams.

 Image: UKDfT to construct Kingskerswell Bypass to reduce traffic congestion. Photo: courtesy of Totnesmartin.