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Traffic information

Countess Wear roundabout, Exeter

Please note that the works were due to be completed 7 December however due to sub-zero temperatures and salt on the road, we could not complete the lining for the roundabout, therefore the road was closed 8pm until 11pm last night for gully / drainage cleaning and then re-opened. The line marking is planned for Thursday and Friday night (10 – 11 December).  The closures will be 9pm Thursday to avoid the late night Christmas shopping and 8pm Friday, both until 6am the following morning.

When the work is happening

Phase 1: 12 to 26 October – Rydon Lane closures (Rydon Lane arm closed from 8 pm to 6 am. The 3 other arms of the roundabout will remain open)

Phase 2: 27 October to 7th December – Full closure of Countess Wear Roundabout for surfacing. These works will include re-surfacing the roundabout and short lengths of each arm, there will be extended lengths of surfacing on Topsham Road (towards the city centre) and along Rydon lane, as part of the road closure we will also be carrying out drainage improvements to tackle historical flooding problems, renewing lining, High friction surfacing traffic loops and carrying out footpath repairs / upgrades.

We will aim to get the noisiest of the work carried out by 11 pm. The road will be re-opened as early as the work has finished and it is safe to do so. There will be no weekend working.

Scheme Delays – The Scheme is running behind the original programme after collapsed drains were discovered beneath the roundabout road surface, which are related to historical flooding problems experienced at the roundabout and are essential repairs. Delays had also been incurred by the civils contractor during the installation of the crossing.

Please note that there will be some lane closures left in place during the day over the next couple of weeks on Rydon lane and the inner lane of the roundabout, this is due to concrete being used in these areas and it requires a short duration to cure and gain strength before it can be driven over by traffic. These will be removed as soon as possible.

What we are doing

Phase 1

We will carry out civils work and install a new pedestrian crossing across Rydon Lane. This work will include new traffic signals, chambers, street furniture and ducting associated with the upgraded and extended pedestrian crossing.

In addition to this, there will be modifications to the road design and alignment to facilitate the new/upgraded crossing. This new crossing will help improve safety, walking and cycling facilities.

The section in red shows the closure

Phase 2

This work will include resurfacing and as part of the road closure we will also be carrying out drainage improvements to tackle historical flooding problems. We will also be renewing lining, HFS, traffic loops and carrying out footpath repairs/upgrades.

The section in red shows the closure

Traffic management

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 this work without a road closure.

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.

Diversion route

We must 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 diversion route can be found on

How local traffic and bus services be handled

All bus companies have been informed of the scheme as part of the advance notification process. The last bus service will be able to pass through just before 8 pm and after that, the bus routes will be able to follow the designated diversion route.

Some bus stops may be removed from the diverted route, please contact the bus company in question for more details.

Please be assured that every effort will be made to minimise any disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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.