Start date confirmed for crossing repairs


Posted on: 14 March 2017

Work to repair raised pedestrian crossings in Tavistock town centre will start immediately after the Easter holidays.

Devon County Council has confirmed that the improvement scheme will get underway on Tuesday 18 April, following a delay with the delivery of the York Stone setts.

Nine raised crossings in the town will be repaired, starting in Bedford Square. Repairs will also be carried out at Duke Street, Pepper Street, Elbow Lane, Drake Road, West Street and the Junction of Brook Street and Market Road, and work is scheduled to take four weeks.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is a later start date than everybody was hoping for, but we were aware that it may take some time to take delivery of the materials. It is important, in terms of conserving the heritage of the town, that the York Stone is from the same quarry as the original stone setts and from 18 April we’ll be getting on with the job. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption while repairs are carried out and I’m sure everyone will be pleased when the scheme has been completed.”

Councillor Debo Sellis

Councillor Debo Sellis, Devon County Councillor for Tavistock, said: “Finally we are seeing light at what has been a very long tunnel. I have shared the frustration which many residents have that it has taken so long to sort, but hope the wait will be tolerated. UNESCO does take note of what developments happen in Tavistock as it is part of the Cornwall and West Devon World Heritage Site and I’m sure everyone will be keen for the completed work to further enhance our Ancient Market and Stannary Town.”

A number of temporary traffic regulation orders are being advertised to enable this scheme to be carried out. This will include a lane closure and temporary one way traffic flow in Bedford Square. The one way system in Brook Street would be revoked during any closure to enable access to properties. There would also be road closures and suspension of parking at other sites.

The orders will only be invoked where necessary, generally where there is insufficient road width to carry out the work safely or a section of the road needs to be taken up across its full width.

Signs will be in place in advance of the work to indicate which streets will be affected and the approximate duration. Only the sites being worked on and any potential diversion routes should be affected at any one time.

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