TORBAY has won more than £8million of transport cash for road and rail improvements.
But schemes including reversing the one way system to take traffic direct into Torquay town centre costing £6million and widening and improving the road between Newton Abbot to Drum Bridges at a cost of £13million have been turned down.
The Department of Transport has agreed £7.3million grant towards a £12.2million scheme to further widen Torbay Ring Road to dual carriageway with off road cycling and pedestrian route. It has also agreed £3million towards a £9million scheme for railway stations at Edginswell, Torquay and Marsh Barton in Exeter after bids by the new Heart of the West Local Transport Board for Devon and Somerset.
The board has been given £27.1m of Government funding over four years, however the Department of Transport had previously indicated a higher figure of £40million worth of scheme would get the go ahead and steps will be taking to find the funding through other Government sources.
Board member Devon County Councillor, Andrew Leadbetter said: "The original allocation would still have been far outstripped by the number of schemes that we need, so we were deeply disappointed by the Department's decision to cut the funds allocated to Local Transport Boards even further.
"However, we have managed to arrive at a fair agreement where we can invest across the Heart of the South West, developing schemes that will promote growth, alleviate congestion and encourage inward investment. Clearly though we need to step up the pressure through channels to ensure that the Heart of the South West receives a fair share of funding for transport in the future.
"It is apparent that the Government's priorities have been focused on the South East, North West and Midlands, with Crossrail, HS2, rail electrification and motorway widening."
Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver said: "We share the Board's concerns that it is able to give the go ahead in principle to just five projects out of the initial list of 12, and we support efforts to seek a fair deal for transport funding in the future.
"However, we are extremely grateful to the board for earmarking funding for two schemes relating to Torbay. The proposed Torbay Western Corridor funding would enable us to undertake further dual carriageway and junction work along sections of the busy Torbay Ring Road in Paignton, where we have already carried out the Tweenaway Cross scheme and have just finished widening the section between the Yalberton Road and Borough Road junctions.
"We are also pleased that funding has been set aside to enable the construction of a railway station at Edginswell to serve local businesses and residential areas.
"Along with the South Devon Link Road currently under construction, both of these schemes that have been given the green light in principle will help us improve transport infrastructure as part of our overall strategy of supporting existing businesses and encouraging further jobs-creating investment in Torbay."
Work should be completed by the Bank Holiday on the latest Torbay Ring Road widening scheme between the Yalberton Road and Borough Road junctions in Paignton. The work costing £150,000 was funded by central government.
Two lanes have been created on the northbound carriageway between the Yalberton Road and Borough Road junctions and improvements made to the right turn lane into Roselands Drive.