North Devon Link Road: Drainage refurbishment

The work will take place on the A361 between Sampford Peverell and Bolham roundabout. It is due to start on 3 July 2017 and will continue for 7 weeks (weather dependent). The traffic management will only be in operation between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

What are we doing?

  • Removing filter stone from the existing drains.
  • Re-mediating the stone on site.
  • Replacing the stone on the correct levels.
  • Removing silts and vegetation off site.

Section 14 notice

When are we closing the road?

Start of closureEnd of closureType of closure
3 July 201728 July 20177pm to 7am Night works carriageway closure
31 July 201718 August 20177pm to 7am Night works lane 1 closure only

During the day and outside of the above periods, the A361 will be open with no traffic management in place.

Why are we doing this work?

We have assessed the filter drains in the verges and the central reserve and found that the material needs to be replaced in order to ensure the water from the carriageway is removed. Improving the road drainage will reduce the risk standing water on the carriageway and thus reduce the risk of accidents on the A361.

Why do we have to close the road?

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.

We have worked hard to ensure that the work will be carried out efficiently and minimise the disruption to the public. The carriageway closures are separately operated with the eastbound carriageway being closed first while the westbound remains open. The work will then switch to the westbound side with the traffic diverted from the westbound carriageway while the eastbound carriageway remains live.

The work is undertaken during the night in order to reduce the disruption to road users to the minimum and both carriageways will be fully open in the day.

During August we will use lane one closures only and no diversion routes will be in operation.

Why is there such a long diversion route?

We have a duty to 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.

How is local traffic being handled?

Local traffic will be directed on the standard diversion route. The carriageway is being closed in each direction separately. This means that the eastbound traffic will be diverted to the diversion route while the westbound traffic remains on the A361.

Why are we doing the work at night?

We are working at night to reduce the disruption to road users. The cost of working at night is increased but the decision to work at night has been taken in order to reduce the impact on the travelling public.

Why are we doing the work in the summer?

There is following work on the A361 programmed to commence in early September 2017. It is not possible to carry out this work at the same time without causing increased traffic management disruption to members of the public.

Carrying out the work prior to the adverse weather conditions of the winter months will reduce the risk of accidents due to standing water.

Working in the summer months reduces the risk of delays due to adverse weather conditions.

The contractor carrying out this work is Crown Highways, Tel: 07538651751/07496308672.


Customer Service Centre – 0345 155 1004.