Route of new Kingskerswell bypass road marked out
THE first physical signs of the imminent start on the Kingskerswell bypass have gone into the ground.
Galliford Try, the contractor responsible for the link road, has marked out the line of the new route.
Red posts have been positioned to indicate the centre line of the new road and blue posts for the location of the permanent boundary fence.
Jim Watson, Galliford Try project director, said: "Local people have been waiting decades for a bypass and we're glad to confirm that work is finally under way.
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"Having worked myself on the bid and pre-construction stages of the contract for three years, I also find it really satisfying to see real works taking place even though they are very minor at this stage."
He thanked more than 1,000 residents who attended exhibitions co-hosted recently with Devon County Council and Torbay Council.
He said: "We received many practical comments and will certainly take them all into consideration during detailed planning of construction works."
The exhibitions were held in Kingskerswell, Milber, Paignton and Newton Abbot, and Paignton. Plans and exhibition materials will be at Torquay library until tomorrow.
Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council member for highways and transportation, said: "We were heartened by the numbers of people who attended these events.
"Any project of this size and complexity attracts many differing opinions and a great many questions.
"This was a good opportunity to talk to people face to face and explain the many decisions around the scheme.
"We understand that some people still have concerns relating to aspects of the project but it is also evident that the bypass has strong support throughout the area and many are keen to see it take shape.
"We expect construction work to cause minimal disruption and we are committed to maintaining regular communication with residents and businesses to keep them informed of progress."
Torbay mayor Gordon Oliver said: "I'm pleased construction work has started. It is a key milestone and moves us one step closer to the new road, which will improve the future prosperity of Torbay.
"We will continue to work closely with Galliford Try during this construction phase and will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum."
Galliford Try has recruited two new members to its Newton Abbot-based team.
Tracey Waygood, from Kingsteignton, has been appointed as public liaision officer and Tim Fletcher has joined as graduate engineer.
Mr Watson said: "We're delighted that our policy to recruit locally as far as possible has got off to such a positive start.
"We expect to make further appointments over the next 12 months or so."
Work on the bypass is due to begin in earnest in October with completion by December 2015.