Work begins on Kingskerswell bypass
WORK officially began this morning on the long-awaited Kingskerswell bypass.
MPs, councillors and construction teams were on the site near the Barn Owl pub at Kingskerswell to turn the first spades of earth at the start of the work.
Galliford Try, the contractor responsible for the link road, has marked out the line of the new route.
Project director Jim Watson 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."
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."
Work on the bypass is due to be completed by December 2015.