A396 near Cove to open to traffic lights

Posted on: 23 March 2016

Early morning commuters will be able to use the A396, north of Cove, Tiverton, every day from the end of this week until the completion of road works in May.

The round-the-clock closure of the A396 to enable a new safety barrier to be built, is scheduled to come to an end on Thursday. evening, March 24th.

From then until the completion of the works, scheduled for May 14th, 2016, the A396 will be open to traffic under two-way traffic lights, either all day or during the rush hour and evening periods.

From Thursday, March 24th until April 4th 24hour traffic control will be in place on the A396.

In addition to the traffic lights during working hours vehicles will be subject to 10mph convoy control to protect the workforce.

From April 4th to April 9th the road will be open under traffic light control during peak times and overnight, from 3.30pm every day to 9.30am the following morning. Outside these times the road will be closed to traffic.

During this phase the workforce will complete construction of the stone wall lining parts of the road and kerbing.

Then, from April 9th to May 3rd, the two-way traffic light system returns to all day operation.

Finally, for the final phase of the work from May 3rd to May 14th, the road will revert to traffic light control during peak times and overnight only, from 3.30pm to 9.30am the following morning. Again, outside these times, the road will be closed.

The last stage of the work will  see the resurfacing of the road. During periods when the road is closed the diversion route will be signed via the A361 and B3227 and vice versa.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “From the end of this week until the work is completed, the A396 will be open every day to traffic lights either for the whole day or over peak times.

“The improved weather has meant that the work has progressed well over the last week and the contractor continues to work extended hours in an effort to get the work completed.

“At this time it is still intended that the road will be open under traffic signals for the Easter, most likely at the end of the working day on Thursday March 24th.”

Local county councillor for Tiverton West Polly Colthorpe said: “As a result of Councillor Polly Colthorpefeedback from the public exhibitions the contractor planned that for the last two phases of the work the road would reopen to traffic lights for all or part of every day until the work is completed.”

A dedicated website has been set up to provide information for the public about the works.

4 comments on “A396 near Cove to open to traffic lights

  1. Mrs Kate Clayton-White says:

    In that case, please take the sign down which was put up opposite the Quarryman’s pub over a week ago, which very clearly states that work will start on 4th April. Why was the sign put up at all if it was decided in January to delay the works on Old Tiverton Road? You might also need to inform your call centre staff about the change of plan – they certainly didn’t know about it when I phoned them last week!

  2. Mrs Kate Clayton-White says:

    Having received no reply to my previous question, I will ask again – why have Devon Highways agreed to BT working on the Old Tiverton Road from 4th April (for 3 weeks) at the same time that the A396 will be closed to traffic from 9.30 till 3.30pm? In February, This will cause yet more chaos and misery for locals. I was told that these road works were scheduled for February/March so that holiday traffic would not be unduly affected. Yet the latest daytime closure is also timed to coincide with the second week of the Easter holiday. What brilliant planning!!!

    • To set your mind at rest I can confirm that no roadworks will be carried out on the Old Tiverton by BT from April 4. Originally roadworks were indeed scheduled from this date – but in January it was decided these should be delayed until after the Cove works on the A396 were completed.

      The works on Old Tiverton Road works are now scheduled to start on May 16, two days after the work on the A396 is scheduled for completion on May 4.

  3. Mrs Kate Clayton-White says:

    Your updated web page states that the A396 at Cove will be closed from 9.30am till 3.30pm from 4th – 9th April. During this time a great deal of traffic will continue to use the signed local diversion to avoid a 30 mile detour. So why on earth have Devon Highways given the go-ahead for BT to work on the Old Tiverton Road for 3 weeks starting on 4th April – the same date as the start of the next road closure on the A396?? There are already signs appearing in Bampton warning of delays on the Old Tiverton Road. This seems to me to be poor planning, complete madness and another kick in the teeth for local commuters.

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