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Work starts on £9m Clyst Honiton Bypass
Work on a vital piece of infrastructure in the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point will begin officially tomorrow (Friday 16 March 2012), when representatives from the local authorities, developers and key stakeholders in the project will visit the site.
The Clyst Honiton Bypass is a critical part of a phased access strategy that will unlock access to Skypark business park, the Intermodal Freight Terminal and the new community of Cranbrook. It will accommodate journeys to and from all these developments and the strategic road network, keeping heavy traffic off smaller local roads.
The route of the new road is located on land to the east of the village of Clyst Honiton, linking the ‘new’ A30 Trunk Road from the airport junction to the former A30 (which is now called the B3174 or London Road) to the north. To meet aviation safety standards the construction of the bypass will include a new tunnel as it passes the end of the runway for Exeter International Airport.
Councillor Paul Diviani Leader East Devon District Council said: “Roads evolved from Roman highways of power, mediaeval communication routes, the commercial channels of the agrarian and industrial revolutions to the recreational byways of today. With Cranbrook we started from scratch but before a home is occupied, we will have a network in place encompassing these requirements. The bypass will be a lifeline for the new community and a blessing for the residents of Clyst Honiton and its environs, ensuring traffic will flow smoothly before volumes build up to higher levels. This is another example of the creative thinking that is the hallmark of our vision for Devon’s newest town.”
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “The start of work on this bypass is another important step toward opening up the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point. Alongside the award-winning Redhayes Bridge and the current improvements at Junction 29, the infrastructure in this area is coming together to access the vital developments that will generate investment and employment to help Devon’s economy grow.
Work is also currently ongoing to widen around 1km of the old A30, from the Cranbrook development westwards to the Clyst Honiton Bypass, and we have ensured that contractors are co-ordinating their work to minimise disruption to the travelling public as much as possible.”
Funding Early Infrastructure
The £9m Clyst Honiton Bypass has been made possible through a significant amount of public sector funding: £3 million has come from the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) and £4.5 million from the Growth Fund Grant, with the balance being funded by the Developers. An additional £300,000 was paid from the Growth Fund towards the cost of a design and tender package for the bypass and the main local route into the new community. Both of these funds are now managed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Ian Knight, Head of Area for the Homes and Communities Agency said: “This project is another example of how investment in this project is being used to unlock the entire development, which will bring new homes, jobs and community facilities to the area. We are pleased to be able to support this scheme which will bring so many benefits to the area. It’s good news that work on this important project is now under way.”
Ian Guy, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, the company working with Devon County Council as the joint venture partner and developer of the £210 million Skypark scheme, commented: “This is extremely positive news for Skypark as the bypass works will create the key main road link to the M5 and Exeter and also deliver a major new entrance directly into Skypark. Occupiers seeking commercial space will be able to see not only the bypass works going on but, ahead of this, Skypark’s other main entrance off London Road which will be completed this summer. Everything now is in place to start development when we are talking to prospective occupiers.”
Mike Owen on behalf of the consortium of developers at Cranbrook added: “The Cranbrook Consortium (Hallam Land, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey Homes) are delighted to announce the commencement of this key piece of infrastructure. Needless to say, that without the close support and co-operation of our partners at the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point and the Homes and Communities Agency in sharing in the investment of both Cranbrook and wider Growth Point area, we would have not achieved this highly significant milestone and to have the bypass open during early 2013.”
Andy Wood, Projects Director for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point explains: “This is a further example of the infrastructure-led approach to accommodating the major developments planned for the Growth Point area. Already you can see the completed Redhayes Bridge over the M5, the improvement works to junction 29 taking shape and now the Clyst Honiton bypass, all of which are being delivered at an early stage in the development process.”
Start of works on the Clyst Honiton Bypass is the third major Growth Point project to have got underway since the New Year. In January work started at the innovative £3 million Energy Centre building by St. Modwen and energy provider E.ON to supply both Skypark business park and the New Community of Cranbrook with low-carbon heat and hot water; and the official visit to the site of Cranbrook’s first primary school in February. The children who currently attend Clyst Honiton Primary School will start the September 2012 term in their brand new school and become pupils of St Martin’s Church of England Primary School and Nursery, Cranbrook.
The Exeter Science Park and Skypark business development are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs and generate around £450million in private sector investment.
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Press Release issued 15 March 2012 by EEDGP.