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Traffic information

A380 (between Kennford and Newton Abbot)

Due to a national lockdown, we are experiencing a lower traffic flow on the A380 and are making every effort to maximise the work during this quieter period. This will involve daytime lane closures as well as the current night time work.

What we are doing and why

The condition of the A380 road surface is deteriorating, with signs of cracking in multiple locations. This cracking has allowed water to enter the surface which has led to localised failures, and therefore major resurfacing work now needs to be carried out.

The A380 is part of the major road network in Devon, therefore any disruption to traffic needs to be carefully planned and managed. To maximise the traffic management arrangements, other maintenance work will also be carried out at the same time, including:

  • vegetation clearance
  • replacement and upgrading the vehicle restraints systems
  • drainage repairs and improvements
  • bridge deck waterproofing and bridge joints
  • footway work
  • signage improvements and maintenance

Please see the key dates and information below for the phasing of the remaining work. As the work is weather dependent, dates may change.

Road closures

  • A380 Telegraph Hill northbound between Mamhead and the intersection with the A38. The work is now complete.
  • A380 Ware Barton northbound between Penn Inn Roundabout on slip and Ware Barton Roundabout on slip. The main resurfacing work is now complete. Work to the bridge decks has been delayed due to the possible presence of bats. Further investigation will be carried out after the hibernation period. Once a date is agreed, it is anticipated that contraflow traffic management will be required to undertake work to the bridge decks and parapets. Vegetation clearance work and site investigations have been completed for this section.
  • A380 Eagle Farm to Ashcombe Cross northbound.
  • A380 Ashcombe Cross to Ideford Dip southbound. It is hoped that both of these schemes will be resurfaced between April and May, with the bridge works remaining dependant on the outcome of the bat investigation. We will aim to avoid the busy summer period if possible.

Although not on the main A380, the A383/A381 Ware Barton Roundabout, Kingsteignton was resurfaced in October and November. There is some remaining work to be done to clean the filter drains, which will be delivered as part of a larger package later this year.

Works to upgrade the vehicle restraint system are unaffected by the potential bat presence. The majority has been completed sooner than anticipated as the contractor was able to maximise efficiency on the quieter road during lockdown. Work will continue under night works.

The decision to deliver much of these works over the winter was on the basis that it would have the least impact on the local economy, however, it should be noted that any extended periods of severe weather may cause delays to the programme.

For the safety of the travelling public and our workforce, during both the investigative and main work, we will be using full night-time road closures, each weeknight between 6:30 pm and 6:00 am. It should be noted that the start time is subject to traffic levels falling below the required threshold, therefore the start of the closure may be slightly later than 6:30 pm.

For the main work involving bridge deck waterproofing and parapet replacement, it may be necessary to use a contraflow traffic management arrangement. The duration of contraflow will be kept to a minimum, but please be aware that the opposite side of the carriageway from the location of the main work will be influenced 24hrs per day during these periods.

Advanced notice will be provided prior to the start of any closures and there will be a signed diversion route in place.

The road closure dates and times, together with the diversion routes, are available online at This will be kept up to date by the project team.

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 with minimal disruption.

How local traffic is being handled

Liaison will be undertaken with local stakeholders to discuss these works in more detail. Please be assured that every effort will be made to minimise any disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.