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Work progressing well on improved access road to Exeter Airport

Work on the £1.4 million scheme to upgrade the access road to Exeter International Airport is progressing well, according to Devon County Council.

Devon County Council Chairman, Councillor George Gribble, was joined by representatives from Exeter Airport, Flybe, Exeter & East Devon Growth Point, and East Devon District Council on a site visit on Tuesday 7 October where they received an update from contractor South West Highways.

Work on the scheme which is being funded by the Regional Growth Fund to increase the width of the B3184 to Exeter Airport, started in August.

As well as site clearance, work is on-going on installing drainage and building a retaining wall. Temporary two way traffic lights are currently in operation during this first phase of the project.

Exeter Airport Road Progress Oct 2014

Pictured l-r Andy Wood (Exeter & E.Devon Growth Point), David Whitton (Head of Highways, Capital Development & Waste, DCC), Chairman of Devon County Council, Cllr George Gribble, Adam Smith (SWH), Mrs Gribble, Grahame Thomas (DCC), Cllr Paul Diviani (E.Devon District), Anjumn Kanani (DCC), Matt Roach (MD of Exeter Airport) and Oonagh Reffell (Estates manager, Flybe)

Devon County Council Chairman, Councillor George Gribble said: “I was encouraged to see that work is progressing well on another vital road scheme in the county. This will provide a much improved link from the A30 to Exeter Airport and the Exeter Airport Business Park. It will also offer an improved experience for those who arrive at Devon’s international gateway, creating a better first impression of the county.”

Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, said: “As the accountable body involved in the funding for this project, EDDC welcomes today as further tangible evidence of the confidence that the Government has in this important corner of the West Country and its potential contribution to the local and regional economy. It is also further proof that the public sector partners mean business and that the Growth Point is delivering.”

Matt Roach, Exeter Airport’s Managing Director, said: “Good progress has been made in a short period of time and you can already see the benefit that this road improvement scheme will have on access to and from the Airport and surrounding area. This scheme of work will result in a wider, higher quality approach road and will give our passengers a real sense of arrival at what is the gateway to the South West peninsula.”

Work will not affect the existing pedestrian and cycle crossing. The work and is expected to be completed in Spring 2015

Posted on: 7 October 2014 on Devon News Network