Residents are advised that work will start on Monday 15 July to rebuild part of Shiphay Lane in Torquay.

The project is estimated to take up to 10 weeks and will see part of Shiphay Lane closed to all vehicles.

The highway will be reconstructed between Oak Park Avenue and the junction with Shiphay Avenue.

It will take place in two five-week phases - the first will be Oak Park Close to Shiphay Avenue, followed by Oak Park Close to Oak Park Avenue.

During the works, Shiphay Lane will be under a 24-hour closure between Dairy Hill and the junction with Shiphay Avenue.

This is necessary to protect road users and to provide a safe work zone.

Affected residents and businesses have been sent a letter advising them of the road closure, alternative parking locations and what they need to do before and during the works.

During the closure period, a signed diversion route will direct vehicles along Shiphay Avenue, Marldon Road, Dart Avenue and Exe Hill onto Shiphay Lane. The same route applies in reverse for travel in the other direction.

There will be no disruption to the pavements so people will still be able to walk along Shiphay Lane.

We do recognise there is never a good time to close a road. It is hoped that by doing most of the work over the school summer holidays when traffic in the area is lower, the works can be completed as quickly as possible.

The reconstruction of the road requires the contractors to dig down 425mm (17in). They will remove the current road material and then build up the structure again, finishing with two or three layers of surfacing.

During the closure period, waste and recycling collections will remain the same. Residents should put out their waste bins, recycling boxes and bags on their normal collection days.

Anyone who regularly travels along Shiphay Lane or the surrounding roads is advised to plan extra time for their journey and if possible, consider an alternative route.

We thank residents and road users for their patience and co-operation during the disruption caused by these essential works.

The project is being carried out for Torbay Council by SWISCo and Cormac Contracting Ltd.

This year's works follow the reconstruction last summer on Shiphay Lane between the Devon Dumpling and Oak Park Avenue.

More information including a map of the diversion route is available on the Shiphay Lane roadworks page

The works in Shiphay Lane are being funded from the £230,000 additional funding allocated to Torbay Council for 2024/25 by the Department for Transport.

This sum came from the Network North Fund, made possible by the reallocation of HS2 UK Government funding, and is in addition to our planned highways maintenance spending. 


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