Detailed design work will begin on 5km Devon dual carriageway this month

Greg Fitzgerald

Galliford Try has been awarded an £80m contract to construct a 5km bypass in Devon.

The A380 South Devon Link Road will run between Newton Abbot and Torquay, bypassing the village of Kingskerswell.

The majority of the scheme will be funded by the Department for Transport, with additional support from clients Devon County Council and Torbay Council.

Detailed design work is due to begin this month with construction to complete by the end of 2015.

Greg Fitzgerald, Galliford Try chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this major and prestigious contract which will result in significant economic and environmental benefits and also improve safety.

“The link road is a great opportunity for us to further strengthen our presence in the south-west, a region where we are well established as a housebuilder.”