A381 Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot

Work will take place between Wolborough Street traffic lights (Asda) and Ogwell Cross roundabout, Newton Abbot during the half-term week of 12 to 17 February 2018. The road will be closed 24hrs a day during this period with a diversion route advised for through traffic.

Carrying out the work during half-term will avoid disruption to the substantial number of school bus services which use this route.

What are we doing?

The section of road between Pomeroy Road and Waltham Road will be completely reconstructed and the road from Waltham Road to Beverley Gardens will have deep patching repairs to failed areas. The complete length of Pomeroy Road to Beverley Gardens will have a new surface laid.

Why do we need to close the road?

The total reconstruction of a section of this road means no traffic can use the road. The narrow width of the remainder of the site does not allow sufficient room for vehicles to pass the machines being used.

Why is there such a long diversion route?

The A381 is a major link between Newton Abbot and Totnes which carries all types of traffic and there are no roads of a similar standard in the immediate area of the work which can be used as a diversion route. Therefore it is necessary to direct traffic via the A380 South Devon Link Road, A380 Torbay ring Road and A385 to Totnes (and vice versa).

Signs in both Newton Abbot and Totnes will advise of the closure point and alternate route. Junctions along the A381 Totnes to Newton Abbot road will have similar signing to advise road users of the closure.

Local traffic will undoubtedly use smaller roads around the work but these are limited and likely to become congested. We will not be signing a ‘local’ diversion due to the lack of suitable routes.

A pedestrian route around the work will be signed from Asda to Bakers Park using the existing off-street footway/cycleway.

Assistance will be provided at the closure points and within the work site to help residents and delivery vehicles within the closed section. Access will be maintained from one end or the other as work progresses.

What will happen to bus services?

X64 – Dartmouth – Totnes – Newton Abbot – Exeter

This service will continue to operate but with a revised timetable.

Between Totnes and Newton Abbot the service will operate via the A380, Kings Ash and Totnes Road. It will not be possible to serve stops on the A381 between Totnes, Ipplepen and Newton Abbot while this work is taking place.

For further information on this route please contact Stagecoach on 01392 427711 or 01803 664500 or at

176 – Newton Abbot – Denbury

This service will operate via Ashburton Road and Chercombe Bridge Road. The timetable remains unchanged.

177 – Newton Abbot – Totnes

This service will operate via Coach Road in Newton Abbot. The timetable remains unchanged.

For further information on these routes please contact Country Bus on 01626 833664.

Arrangements for residents

While work is taking place there will be no access for vehicles to the side streets Pomeroy Road, Waltham Road, Linden Terrace and Steppes Meadow as well as those properties on Wolborough Street itself.

We are arranging for parking permits valid in the Teignbridge District Council car parks at Wolborough Street and Bradley Lane to be issued to residents who have requested them following our letter delivered in November last year and the follow-up delivered in January.

The permits will be distributed in the week prior to the work.

All vehicles should be moved by late evening on Sunday 11 February as the road closure will be implemented from 7:00am the following day.

While the work is taking place assistance will be provided to arrange access for pedestrians to those properties fronting the work at agreed times. Please make contact with staff to make them aware of your needs. They will arrange for barriers to be moved and will escort you through the site.

For general pedestrian movements please use the footway/cycleway which runs from Asda along the opposite side of the river to Bakers Park.