ESSENTIAL repairs are to be carried out on the A399 near Brayford, which will close the road from Monday, October 4, until Friday, November 5. The closure is necessary due to the replacement of retaining walls, which have partially collapsed. The narrow

ESSENTIAL repairs are to be carried out on the A399 near Brayford, which will close the road from Monday, October 4, until Friday, November 5.

The closure is necessary due to the replacement of retaining walls, which have partially collapsed.

The narrow width of the road and deep excavations required mean the closure will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to maintain public safety.

Access will be maintained at all times to Mockham Down Farm, which is the only property located within the closed section of highway.

The structural repairs will enable a major re-surfacing scheme on the A399 to go ahead next year as planned.

The official diversion route, which is suitable for HGVs, will be signed via Brayford, A399, Aller Cross, A361 North Devon Link Rd, Barnstaple, Bratton Fleming, Four Cross Way, A399 to Mockham Down Gate - and vice versa.

Once the road has been re-opened, temporary traffic lights will be in place at Brayford for a further three weeks to allow the scheme to be completed.

Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, Devon County Councillor for South Molton Rural, said: "This is work that must be done to maintain a vital route to Northern Devon. 'A stitch in time' comes to mind and although there will be inconvenience, better that it is done in a planned way. I am pleased to know that these repairs will enable the planned resurfacing to be done next year.