Torcross Road under traffic lights until after Easter holidays to boost business

Posted on: 24 March 2016

At the request of the community, the full reopening of the A379 at Torcross has been put on hold for two weeks until after the Easter Holidays, to give local businesses a boost.

The A379 has been closed since severe storms on Tuesday 12 February 2016 caused a section of the sea wall between Slapton and Beesands to collapse, and cracks to appear on the road.

Devon County Council is repairing the road, and the work is just a week away from completion. Originally the A379 was scheduled to fully reopen on the week commencing 4 April 2016.

But now, following a week of consultation with residents and local businesses, the remaining work has been put on hold until after the school holidays. It follows concerns that if work continued over the Easter break the carpark, between the seawall and the A379, would have to be closed.

The carpark isn’t big enough to be used by the public and to accommodate the workforce, working on the road, at the same time.

During the time the carpark is open to the public,  the main through road will be reopened under traffic lights.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Many residents and businesses have expressed concern if the car park

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

were to be closed again over the Easter holidays it would affect trade. “Unfortunately the site isn’t large enough to accommodate both a sufficiently sized area of the car park for use by residents and visitors while continuing with the works.

“We have decided to alter our plans to accommodate the wishes of the local community. To help local businesses over the Easter holidays work has been halted so that the car park can be reopened for visitors. Work will recommence on Monday 11 April and it is anticipated will be completed by the end of that week. “General tidying of the area will take place the week after.”

Councillor Julian Brazil, the local County Councillor for Kingsbridge and Councillor Julian BrazilStokenham said: “Although the work will be delayed by a fortnight this was the right decision – supporting our local businesses is a top priority. The diversion through the carpark has been a great success and I’d like to thank everyone who made it happen.”

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