Plans to secure a major financial boost to help push forward major projects worth £92million in Devon have advanced.

Devon County Council is preparing a bid in July for the second round of the government’s leveling fund.

The zone failed in the first round in 2021.

However, a whole host of projects are being prepared for the latest push.

These include a new rail station and transport hub for Okehampton, a relief route from Cullompton town centre, the completion of Dinan Way and improved cycle and pedestrian routes to Exmouth town center and the Newton Abbot to Torbay cycle route.

Work is also underway around Lee Mill, including a ramp plan, a cycle/pedestrian program with a potential link to the Freeport and improvements to bus interchanges.

The total value of the projects is said to be £92 million. Of that total, £74.1million would be funded by the Leveling Up Fund bid, with Devon County Council contributing £6.3million and the District Council offering £12million.

‘The offers include investment in public transport, active travel, improving local roads and improving accessibility,’ says a report written ahead of Devon County Council’s latest Cabinet meeting.

“They are intended for small to medium-sized, high-impact programs aimed at reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, supporting economic growth and improving safety, security and the overall experience of transport users.”

Cabinet has been asked to approve Devon County Council to work with district councils in the area to submit the bids.

He has now done so, noting that while the proposed program of programs was ambitious, it was also deliverable.

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