Work to upgrade crossing in Tavistock due to start in October

Photo of a puffin crossing

Posted on: 24 September 2019

Work to upgrade the zebra crossing on Plymouth Road in Tavistock will start next month (October).

The replacement of the crossing with a higher standard puffin crossing, which includes traffic lights, is part of a five-week scheme of improvements planned on a section of the A386 near the town centre.

On Monday 7 October and Tuesday 8 October, mobile stop and go boards will be in use while hedge cutting and gully emptying is carried out. No work will be undertaken during the Goose Fair on Wednesday 9 October.

Temporary traffic lights will then be in place from Thursday 10 October to Monday 28 October when work will be carried out on the crossing, tactile paving, and signs. A temporary pedestrian crossing will be in use.

During this phase of the scheme, work will be restricted to daytime hours and there will be no weekend working.

Overnight road closures from 7pm-7am will be in place from Tuesday 29 October to Monday 4 November, while the road is reconstructed. Around 600 metres of Plymouth Road, from the Morrisons supermarket roundabout to just north of the Texaco garage, will be resurfaced.

A diversion route will be signed via A386 Tavistock Road – Yelverton B3212 Dousland Road- Plymouth Hill B3212 Princetown -Two Bridges Road B3212 Princetown – B3357 Pork Hill -B3357 Mount Tavy Road – A386 Dolvin Road – A386 Plymouth road and vice versa to enable all traffic, including HGVs, to use similar standards of roads. Drivers with local knowledge may find their own alternative routes.

The road will be open during the weekend as no work will be taking place.

Temporary traffic lights will again be used while the puffin crossing installation is completed between Tuesday 5 November and Thursday 7 November.

Photo of Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is a busy road through Tavistock so upgrading the crossing to a puffin will improve safety for pedestrians. This scheme is enabling us to carry out a series of improvements to the road surface and drains, as well as the crossing, and very effort is being made to minimise disruption.”

Photo of Councillor Debo Sellis

Councillor Debo Sellis

Councillor Debo Sellis, Devon County Councillor for Tavistock, said: “This improvement is needed. Too many people have been injured or frightened on this crossing. Highway officers, residents and I worked together, and the traffic surveys confirmed a higher standard of Puffin crossing was needed. The work will cause some disruption to road users, however, in the long run it will be for the good.”

Shops within the scheme area will be open and pedestrian access will be maintained during the scheme.

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