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Traffic information

A379 – Fancy Cross, Modbury

What we are doing

We are removing 96 trees infected with ash dieback and other trees which are dead, diseased, damaged or insecurely rooted which pose a threat adjacent to this strategic route for the safety of road users.

Work is programmed to be carried out at the dates and times shown below with a full road closure.

Work is programmed to be carried out 25 – 29 October 2021 with a full road closure. The work will take place during the hours of 08:00am – 17:30pm.

Why we are doing the work

Trees with ash dieback become unstable and will shed branches and can collapse as the level of infection spreads within the tree.

Collapsing trees, even relatively small ones, into a road presents significant hazard to passing vehicles. Therefore, we are removing infected trees within falling distance of the highway.

Why we have to do the work now

The risk of trees falling on to the highway increases over time. A detailed inspection by an independent arboriculturalist and ecologist has been undertaken in the area. Following the inspection this work was identified as urgent and in need of completion to ensure public safety.

This work has also been arranged to take place during the school half term to ensure school busses can continue to run smoothly.

Why we have to close the road

We must ensure the safety of our workforce and the public. In order to comply with our safety guidelines we are unable to carry out this work under two-way traffic signals.

Night working has been ruled out at this site due to the proximity of the affected trees to several overhead telecoms and power lines.

This site as the work is complex and cannot be undertaken safely outside of daylight hours. The risks associated with tree feeling increase significantly during the hours of darkness.

Diversion route

We have a duty to direct traffic along a similar standard of road to that being closed so that all vehicles, including large articulated vehicles, can safely use the diversion route.

The official diversion route can be found on

Both the official diversion route and the alternative route for light vehicles will be treated with salt during periods of cold weather.

Access to frontages (e.g. businesses and properties within the closure) will be maintained. Although a small delay may exist to allow movement of machinery and debris to facilitate safe passage. Emergency access will be maintained.