Exeter - East Devon bypass delay causes frustration
An East Devon district councillor has vented his frustrations at the delay in the opening of the £9m bypass linking Cranbrook and the city.
The Clyst Honiton bypass will connect the fledgling Science Park, Skypark and Cranbrook with Exeter, the A30 and the M5, avoiding the village.
The road is a key part of the infrastructure for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, unlocking access to development sites and bringing the prospect of thousands of new jobs a step closer.
Construction work completed in July but the opening was delayed while safety lights in the 80 metre tunnel at the foot of Exeter Airport’s runway, which was finished in February, were made operational and a final safety audit was completed.
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The bypass was supposed to have been opened by the start of the summer.
Members of the Clyst Honiton Community Association have recently expressed their frustration at the delay as traffic from the construction sites currently use the road through the village.
Cllr Peter Bowden, ward member for Broadclyst which includes the village of Clyst Honiton, said: “There have been a series of delays, all with good reason I must say, but my frustrations are felt by nearby residents as the road is beset with heavy goods lorries.”
Devon County Council previously said the bypass will be open as soon as possible.