The North Devon Link Road serves as a gateway to northern Devon and northern Cornwall, connecting the regions to the rest of Devon and the UK via the M5. The route is comprised of the A39/A361 from the M5 Junction 27 to Abbotsham Cross Roundabout.
There has been a long term local concern that the transport connections to the northern Devon area are below what the public and local businesses desire. This has led to a commitment from the government of funding for the development of a business case for the route, as announced in the Summer Budget (2015).
Following public consultation last year a preferred option was reached and this was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in October 2016 in the form of a Strategic Outline Business Case. This was approved by the DfT and further work has now been undertaken to develop the scheme. The scheme option was presented at Public Consultation in Summer 2017. A Public Consultation Report summarising the views and opinions expressed during the consultation and a Scheme Selection Report making recommendations for including suggested changes to be addressed in any further scheme development, will be published on the scheme website in Autumn 2017. The selected scheme will be recommended to DCC Cabinet for approval and inclusion in a funding bid submission (Outline Business Case) to the Department for Transport in December 2017.