A39 pedestrian and cycle bridge: Roundswell phase 2

Work is commencing in January 2017, to prepare for the delivery of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing over the A39 at Roundswell in Barnstaple. The £2.7 million scheme is due to be completed in August 2017.

The majority of this work will be undertaken off the highway with minimal disruption to local traffic. Work affecting traffic on the A39 is anticipated to take place in June under night time working.

Localised parking suspension along Fishleigh Road to the north of the A39 will be required for construction access to the north of the bridge.

The erection of the bridge structure and steel ramps will be completed under a series of night time road closures of the A39 on the following dates 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 July, subject to favourable weather conditions.

Closures will be in place from 19.00 to 06:00 between Roundswell Roundabout and Torridge Bridge on each of the above dates. Signed diversions will be in place for the duration of the closures making use of the B3233 and A3125 via Bickington.

Why are we providing a new bridge?

Barnstaple is a strategic growth point for the north Devon region and Roundswell is an established employment and residential area that will expand significantly over the Local Plan period to 2031. Expansion to the south of the A39 will require good transport links to support sustainable travel and the new bridge will provide a safe crossing facility connecting Roundswell on both sides of this busy strategic road corridor and minimise disruption to peak time traffic on the A39.

This is the second phase of highway infrastructure improvements identified in the Roundswell area. The first phase, completed in 2014, included the construction of an improved A39 Roundabout junction and the construction of a new second roundabout junction on the B3232 for access to new employment sites south of the A39.

Further highway improvements are identified to develop a park and change car park within the employment land at the southern end of the bridge. The bridge design makes provision for any widening of the A39 as part of Devon County Council’s commitment to major road improvements to the A361\A39 North Devon Link Road corridor.

A significant proportion of the scheme cost is being funded by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. By taking advantage of external funding opportunities now, we can deliver a safer facility for pedestrians and cyclists that would otherwise not be viable to achieve in conjunction with local development sites.  The bridge will offer an alternative to a signalised crossing facility on the A39 that would introduce future impacts for both congestion and road safety at this busy junction.


The scheme is being part funded with £1.879 million from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HotSW LEP) along with match funding provided through developer contributions and by Devon County Council.

This round of the Growth Deal, signed in 2014, secured £130.3m from government which, with additional investment of £140m from local partners and the private sector, will generate £270.3 million to be invested in infrastructure projects in the Heart of the South West area, which includes Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. The projects were put forward to government by the LEP to boost the economy and act as a catalyst for growth and job creation.

For more information about the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership visit  or contact Helena Davison, Communications Manager:  or 07525806333.