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A386 Ash Dieback Works (between Tavistock and Horrabridge)

What are we doing and why?

We are removing 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.

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.

Work is currently programmed to be carried out 5th January to 16th January 2021 with temporary lights and road closures. The work will take place during the hours of 09:30 – 15:30.

When are we closing the road?

The road will be closed Thursday 14 January and Friday 15 January between 9.30 – 3.30pm.

Why do we have to close the road?

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

As this is a narrow section of road we have to close the road for periods to give our workforce a safe working zone, however we have worked hard to ensure that the closures are short time periods where possible in order to reduce the disruption to road users to the minimum. Wherever possible we will use temporary traffic signals instead of a road closure, although this will not always be possible.

Why is there such a long 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 will be treated with salt during periods of cold weather.

How is local traffic being handled?

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 etc. to facilitate safe passage. Emergency access will be maintained.

Why can the works not be done at night?

Night working has been ruled out at this site due to the proximity of the affected trees to several overhead telecoms and power lines. In addition to this, the risks associated with tree felling works increase significantly during the hours of darkness.

What will happen to the public and school bus transport?

To minimise the effects of the works on school bus services and peak commuter traffic the works will be carried out 09:30-15:30. Consultation with other parties is ongoing.