THE Government has allocated nearly £3million for schemes to relieve traffic congestion in Paignton and Newton Abbot.
The Pinch Point funding will enable the schemes which are seen as crucial for tackling traffic bottlenecks and supporting economic growth.
The Department for Transport has awarded Torbay Council £1.05million for the Western Corridor Regeneration Project, which will see improvements made to Brixham Road and Kings Ash Road, Paignton, with stretches widened to dual carriageway.
This will support the White Rock development, which will provide 1,200 jobs and 350 homes, as well as improve journey times in Paignton, Goodrington and Brixham.
The Government has also awarded Devon County Council £1.85m towards work on the Decoy Industrial Estate access road in Newton Abbot.
The £2.6m Decoy scheme, which is a joint project with Teignbridge District Council, involves widening and realignment of the existing road and a signal controlled crossing over a narrow rail bridge, with a new shared cycleway and footway.
It will enable the proposed extension of Decoy Industrial Estate as well as the first phase of employment and residential development at Wolborough.
It will also connect to a new junction to the South Devon Link Road.
Work is due to start in June 2014 and be completed by April 2015.
Kevin Foster, Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Torbay, welcomed the funding and said: "The construction of the South Devon Link Road brings real opportunities for our economy from better connections with the rest of the UK, but not if traffic bypasses Kingskerswell only to get stuck in lengthy delays at key junctions in the bay.
"This funding means that instead of pinch points, there will be widening growth to help boost the bay's economy."
Devon County Councillor for Newton Abbot South, Gordon Hook, said: "Currently far too many large vehicles use the narrow roads of Decoy and Keyberry to gain access to the A380.
"Hopefully this money will relieve this congestion and make life a little more pleasant and safer for local residents, particularly as expansion of the industrial site is proposed in the Teignbridge Local Plan."
Teignbridge District Council leader, Cllr Jeremy Christophers, added: "Decoy is a really important area for Newton Abbot and this scheme will help free up roads, get people to and from work and home quicker, boost the local economy and take traffic away from residential areas."