Work begins on A377 £7.75m link road in Crediton

Crediton town centre
Image caption Devon County Council said air pollution in Crediton was a result of "frequent congestion"

Work has started on a new link road in Devon in an attempt to cut congestion and improve air quality in Crediton.

The 760m-long (2,500ft) road linking Wellpark roundabout on the A377 to Marsh Lane and the Lords Meadow Industrial Estate, is costing £7.75m.

County councillor Nick Way said the project would ease congestion caused by a well-known traffic "pinch point" where vehicle exhausts caused problems.

The work, expected to be completed in 2015, includes cutting into a hillside.

Devon County Council unanimously approved the plan in January 2012 after a study said air quality was a problem for the town.

It said air pollution was a result of "frequent congestion, especially when large vehicles meet, combined with poor dispersion conditions for pollutants".

Mr Way said the road was a "big investment for the area" and a scheme that would "help the town in general."

Air quality would continue to be monitored after the road was completed, he added.

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