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 is now ongoing to develop the scheme, which is being presented at public consultation in summer 2017.