A MUCH-ANTICIPATED new link road to the east of Exeter has opened.
The Clyst Honiton bypass, which connects the fledgling Science Park, Skypark and Cranbrook with Exeter, the A30 and the M5, avoiding the village, opened on Thursday, October 3.
Councillors have recently voiced frustration at the delay in the opening of the £9m route linking Cranbrook and the A30.
The road is a key part of the infrastructure for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, unlocking access to development sites and bringing the prospect of thousands of new jobs a step closer.
Construction work was completed in July but the opening was delayed while safety lights in the 80-metre tunnel at the end of Exeter Airport's runway, which was finished in February, were made operational and a final safety audit was completed.
The bypass was originally expected to have been opened by the start of the summer.
Members of the Clyst Honiton Community Association have recently expressed their frustration at the delay as traffic from the construction sites currently uses the road through the village.
District Councillor Peter Bowden, Conservative ward member for Broadclyst, which includes the village of Clyst Honiton recently said he shared the frustrations felt by nearby residents as the road has been is beset with heavy goods lorries.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Derek Button, who also represents Broadclyst on the district council, branded the delays a "running farce".
The bypass has been deemed essential by council bosses as "essential infrastructure", enabling the planned growth east of Exeter over the next 20 years and has been welcomed by council leaders.