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A388 Whimble Hill & Windmill Road Ash Dieback Works

What we are doing

Work to remove 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 on Whimble Hill is programmed to be carried out 3 – 15 June 2021. This will involve temporary two-way traffic lights. The work will take place during the hours of 08:00 – 17:00.

Work on Windmill Road is programmed to be carried out 16 – 23 June 2021 with temporary two-way traffic lights. Exact start date may vary subject to the completion of works at Whimble Hill. The work will take place during the hours of 08:00 – 17:00.

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 a significant hazard to passing vehicles. Therefore, we are removing infected trees within falling distance of the highway.

Why we are doing this work

To ensure the safety of our workforce and the public, and in order to comply with our safety guidelines. The work will be carried out under two-way traffic signals.

As this is a narrow section of road, we will close the road for periods to give our workforce a safe working zone. We have worked hard to ensure that the closures are short time periods where possible in order to reduce the disruption to a minimum. Wherever possible we will use temporary traffic signals instead of a road closure.

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.

Why we have to close the lane

To ensure the safety of our workforce and the public, and in order to comply with our safety guidelines we are unable to carry out this work without a lane closure.

This is to provide our workforce a safe working zone. We have worked hard to ensure that the closures are short time periods where possible in order to reduce the disruption to a minimum. There will be a lane available for traffic except for brief periods when particularly sensitive work is being undertaken.

What will happen to the public and school bus service

Bus services will be able to run as normal. However expect potential delays especially during peak hours. To help mitigate the effects on public transport we encourage local residents to use alternative routes wherever available.


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