Environment

Drainage improvement work on A396 near Tiverton

Photo of A396 near Tiverton

Posted on: 5 May 2020

Essential structural and drainage improvements will get underway on the A396 between Tiverton and Bickleigh next week (Monday 11 May).

The road has subsided due to groundwater from the hillside, which is undermining the road. Temporary traffic lights have been in place at the site since the end of January to keep traffic away from the more affected part of the road and reduce movement on the carriageway.

The road will be fully closed 24 hours a day for four weeks, from Monday 11 May until Sunday 7 June, while work is carried out to help safeguard the road from further subsidence. A signed diversion will be in place.

A 3.5 metre deep filter drain will be installed in the road and drainage in the hillside will be upgraded. Where the road has subsided, it will be reinforced and reconstructed.

Photo of Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The large amount of rainfall we had last winter led to an increase in groundwater and further movement on this stretch of the A396. This is a complex scheme and this stretch of the route will need to be completely closed to enable reconstruction. The lower traffic volumes should mean that disruption is minimised, but every effort will be made to complete this work as soon as possible.”

Photo of Councillor Polly ColthorpeCouncillor Polly Colthorpe, Devon County Councillor for Tiverton West, said: “I appreciate that some people will still experience disruption but, since the work must be done to ensure that this vital and heavily used road does not deteriorate further, I’m grateful that Devon County Council has managed to make use of the lockdown to do it. The reduced traffic flow being experienced at present should ensure that as few people as possible will need to find alternative routes and I hope that, when the work is completed, it will not be too long before Devon will be able to welcome visitors again.”

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