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B3230 Muddiford Leat

Work is taking place on the B3230 in Muddiford, to stabilise a section of failing embankment. The main works will start on 2 March 2020, for approximately 13 weeks. Following the initial phase of the works, it was concluded that a night closure of the B3230 would be necessary to allow urgent bank works to be undertaken safely, prior to our main stabilisation scheme.

The bank will be stabilised with soil nails to allow work to be completed without a road closure.

What we’re doingFailing embankment on B3230 in Muddiford

Along the B3230 in Barnstaple there is a section of embankment which is slipping due to it being over-steep and susceptible to becoming saturated during heavy rainfall.

The bank is supporting the carriageway, and further slips could result in cracking and potential loss of the road.

Several slips have occurred during recent months, so it is necessary that a stabilisation scheme is constructed to avoid future loss of the highway.

During the two weeks prior to Christmas 2019, temporary work and site investigations were undertaken. This work helped to reduce the risk of further bank slips during the Christmas period and will also help inform our future main work in 2020.

To support the bank and highway, a mass concrete retaining wall will be constructed over approximately 70m. The steep bank will be slackened, and more efficient drainage will be implemented.

Traffic management

The B3230 road in the vicinity of the planned works

The traffic management for the main work will be in the form of temporary traffic lights and a temporary 30mph speed restriction, to give greater working width for the contractor.


There is no legal obligation or express statutory authority that enables Devon County Council to compensate for increased costs or any financial loss suffered as a result of the traffic management in place.

While every effort is made to inconvenience the public as little as possible there are times when, however regrettable, interruptions cannot be avoided. If you would like any further information, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1004.