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Ash dieback work on the A3052 (The Bowd)

What we are 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 a 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 from 22 March to 9 April 2021 with temporary lights and layby closures.

We hope that by conducting these works prior to the easing of restrictions on 12 April the disruption to local businesses later in the year can be minimised or avoided.

When the work is taking place

Temporary traffic lights will be in place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm from 22 March to 9 April 2021 along A3052 – from its junction with Woolbrook Road to Four Elms Hill.

A3052 Layby east and west of the Bowd will have layby closures in place 24hrs a day from 25 March to 9 April 2021.

This work is weather dependant and may be subject to change.

Closure of laybys

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 the laybys are narrow in places we have to close them for periods to give our workforce a safe working zone, however, we have worked hard to ensure that the closures are short periods where possible in order to reduce the disruption to road users to the minimum.

Night work

Night working has been ruled out as the risks associated with tree felling works increase significantly during the hours of darkness.


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