Potential heavy traffic may be experienced on a number of Torbay roads tomorrow (Friday 28 November) and into Saturday (29 November) due to forecasted weather conditions, ongoing roadwork’s and a number of large retail stores taking part in Black Friday.

It has been forecast that Torbay will experience easterly winds on Friday which may lead to the sea breaching the seawalls during high tide, which is expected at 10am and 10.30pm. If the seawalls are breached the seafront roads will need to be closed for up to two hours either side of the high tides. Usual diversion routes will be in place.

As well as the ongoing temporary traffic lights on Kings Ash Road for major gas works and tomorrow being Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year where retail stores and supermarkets offer heavily discounted deals, there is a potential for a number of roads around the bay to be heavily congested.

Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways, Environment and Sport, Councillor Robert Excell, said: “It appears tomorrow is leading up to being a very busy day on the roads. We want to warn our residents that there may be potential delays to their journeys and suggest if you need to travel around Torbay to give yourself some extra time. Unfortunately there is little we can do to lessen the effect of these events but our Highways team will be monitoring the situation and will manage the traffic flow with advance signing where possible.”

If the seafront is closed it is expected that the roads used for the diversion will be congested. The following roads may also see an increase in traffic flow:

  • Riviera Way, Torquay
  • Newton Road, Torquay
  • Union Street, Torquay
  • Brixham Road, Paignton
  • Kings Ash Road, Paignton

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