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Government to consider link road safety improvements after fatal crash

A £4.25m upgrade has been announced for another section of the road. Photo: ITV West Country

The Minister For Roads has promised to look at safety improvements on the North Devon link road after yesterday's crash which claimed the lives of a mother and her two children.

Jesse Norman made the pledge as he announced a £4.25 million upgrade for a section of the road further South between the M5 and Tiverton.

The link road upgrade will create a new junction to provide access to a housing development. Credit: ITV West Country

Police say they still don't know exactly what caused yesterday's tragic accident.

It was the second serious incident on the road in the space of two days after a crash on Sunday.

The link road was closed following the crash. Credit: ITV West Country

Mr Norman announced the investment to upgrade the link road at a turf cutting ceremony in Devon.

The funding will be used to add a junction that will provide access to a new housing development.

The Transport Secretary attended a turf cutting ceremony in Devon to announce the new investment. Credit: ITV West Country

Mr Norman also says the Government will look into funding safety improvements on the road leading to Barnstaple.

He added any bid for investment from the local council will be strongly considered:

Devon County Council is confident it will be able to secure funding.

I firmly believe that once we get our first bid accepted, the Government then have got a commitment to continue on supporting us.

– Cllr John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council

Police are continuing their investigation into how yesterday's crash happened.

Police are still investigating yesterday's crash. Credit: ITV West Country

It's highly unusual for us to have two collisions on the same stretch of road within a day of each other. We're trying to understand why that happened.

– Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk, Devon and Cornwall Police