Drivers urged not to drive on Dartmoor and Exmoor

Posted on: 3 March 2018

Drivers are being urged not to drive on roads across Dartmoor and Exmoor as the clear-up operation continues.

Road conditions on the National Parks’ road network, especially on higher ground, have been described as ‘treacherous’ by Devon County Council’s Highways Operations Centre with many roads still impassable.

Ice and snow are still wide spread across many routes.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet Member for Highways said: “Please avoid driving today on routes across the National Parks. I would urge resident who live locally to please stay within your communities, we are working hard to restore access.

“Thawing snow and ice is widespread on many routes roads and our crews are clearing and treating the minor roads many of which are currently impassable.

“Driving in these conditions can be hazardous and any vehicles on the road will also hamper the clean-up operation and could delay the speed that we are able to clear these routes.”

10 comments on “Drivers urged not to drive on Dartmoor and Exmoor

  1. Simon J says:

    Hi, Is the route from Lapford Cross up the hill and across to Witheridge clear?

    • Hi Simon. Sorry, but we’re unable to answer specific road queries at the moment. Certainly the primary and secondary routes, which take the bulk of the traffic, are largely clear, but the best advice is to follow @DevonAlert and BBC Travel https://twitter.com/BBCTravelSW and to listen to your local radio news station.

  2. Jay Cave says:

    Hi anyone have an update on roads in and out of Hemyock ?

    • david.beasley says:

      Hi Jay Main routes are clear but some of the smaller single lane routes, eg to Dunkeswell are still are still difficult to use but passable


  3. Graham says:

    Is telegraph hill currently open from Exeter to Torquay

  4. Dave Shaw says:

    Hi, is the A39 between Barnstaple and Lynton now passable?

    • david.beasley says:

      Hi Dave Sorry – The A39 is still blocked but we are continuing to use all our assets this weekend to clear the routes

  5. Sheila Topham says:

    Hi there, do you have any idea when the A399 from Blackmoor Gate to the A361 will be cleared? Thank you.

    • david.beasley says:

      Hi Sheila

      On the A399, we are still not clear between our camera at Bratton Down travelling north towards Friendship Cross. We have 2 tractors and a digger working through. To confirm though Blackmoor Gate A399/A39 is clear and the crews have cleared the A39 beyond Killington Cross

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