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Carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing-Shiphay Lane

Information about the roadworks taking place in Torquay.

Carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing on Shiphay Lane in Torquay starts on Monday 15 July 2024. It will take around 10 weeks to complete.

The works are being carried out mostly through the school summer break. This is to minimise the disruption for people travelling to and from school.

There is never a good time for major roadworks to take place. Especially when it impacts people being able to access their properties.

We want to give you as much notice and information as we can. This means you can take this into consideration when considering:

  • taking an alternative route
  • access to your property
  • alternative parking arrangements.

To minimise disruption, the work will take place in two five-week phases

  • Phase 1 – Oak Park Close to Shiphay Avenue
  • Phase 2 – Oak Park Close to Oak Park Avenue

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these essential works.

All you need to know

Roads affected

The reconstruction work will take place on Shiphay Lane, between Oak Park Avenue and Shiphay Avenue.

During the works, Shiphay Lane will be closed to through traffic between Dairy Hill and the junction with Shiphay Avenue at the traffic lights.

The junction of Shiphay Lane at Shiphay Park Road will also be closed.

The diversion route

The route will go along Shiphay Avenue, Marldon Road, Dart Avenue and Exe Hill to Shiphay Lane. The reverse of this applies for travel in the opposite direction. There will be signs marking the diversion route.

Reason for road closure

The road requires a full reconstruction. Contractors need to dig down more than 1ft deep and remove the current road surface. They then have to build it up again, finishing with two or three layers of surfacing.

To allow for this level of work, the road needs to be fully closed to protect road users and provide a safe working zone.

The closure will have an impact on residents accessing their properties. There will be no vehicle access to driveways within the sections being excavated during the works in that phase, including at night.

Duration of the work

The works should take between eight and 10 weeks to complete.

Alternative parking

Residents affected by the closure have received a letter. This contains information on alternative parking locations. There is also information on what action they need to take to avoid receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Access for disabled people and their carers

Access to properties will be via footpaths only. Carers will need to park in the adjacent streets. These streets may have parking restrictions. Full details are on the parking signs.

Waste and recycling collections

During the closure period, waste and recycling collections will remain the same as normal. Residents need to put their waste and recycling out on their normal collection days.

Delivery driver access

Access to properties will be via footpaths only. The site team may be able to help if the delivery is heavy.

Bus services

We have advised local bus service providers about the works. Before travelling, check travel information with individual providers.

Working hours

Work will take place between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

The team does not work later because the closest tip is on the outskirts of Plymouth and closes at 4pm. This means the last lorry will leave site at approximately 3pm. The team will then excavate enough material to load lorries the following morning.

The site team only work Monday to Friday as the tip is not open at the weekends.

What happens to the old material

The road surface is removed and then recycled. The remaining material goes to the tip on the outskirts of Plymouth.

Dangers to be aware of

Please be aware of the following hazards while the work is taking place:

  • Uneven road surface where the old surface has been removed
  • Raised manholes, gullies, and other service boxes
  • Varying kerb heights when stepping off the footway

All of our sites are risk assessed and have strict safeguarding measures in line with current Health and Safety and Public Health England guidance to ensure the safety of residents and our staff.

Who is completing the work

SWISCo are undertaking the work on behalf of us. Cormac Contracting Ltd are the sub-contractors.

How to get in touch with questions and safety concerns

If you have any questions regarding the resurfacing works please get in touch by emailing:

If there is an issue which is a threat to public safety, please telephone 0300 1234 222 (24 hour service) giving details of the location.

View our interactive map for full details of all roadworks in Torbay