Torrington street closed for five weeks

Joseph Bulmer

AS prolonged road works continue in New Street, Torrington, a short part of the roadway is being closed to all traffic from Monday, July 25, and will remain so for up to five weeks, until August 26.

Wales & West Utilities has been carrying out a mains gas replacement along New Street for the past four months under traffic light control, but now needs to close the section between Stoneman’s Lane and White’s Lane.

Devon County Council is taking advantage of this closure to resurface New Street. It says the roadway has suffered so badly over the past few years that some areas need considerable reconstruction work, including the narrow section to be closed.

Businesses and attractions in the town will be fully open during this period and local diversion routes will be in place.

On the approaches to Torrington, westbound through-traffic will be re-directed via the B3232 to Roundswell, thereby joining the A39 to Bideford. Similarly, eastbound through-traffic will be re-directed along the A39 to Roundswell, and then down the B3232 - accessing Okehampton and Plymouth, or Crediton and Exeter as required.

Public transport arrangements will be maintained for the duration of the closure with the provision of shuttle buses.

Both operators say they have worked closely with Great Torrington Town Council, public transport providers, shops, businesses and attractions to ensure minimal disruption to daily life. They are also hoping to be able to complete their works earlier than the full five weeks - as long as they do not encounter problems.

The Wales and West Utilities scheme will continue between White’s Lane and Potacre Street from August 22 to September 24 under traffic signals control.

Ward county councillor Andy Boyd said: “All parties have put a lot of effort into the preparation for these essential works. We have been talking with residents, businesses and the town council throughout the process, to make certain that everyone knows that Torrington will still be open for business throughout the works. The businesses in the town have had plenty of time to arrange alternative routes with their suppliers and tour-bus operators and shoppers will have clearly signed and easily accessible routes to the town centre. We cannot rule out some minor disruption, but the important message is that ‘Torrington will stay open’ and that both our residents and our visitors will benefit from the long awaited improvements.”