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Carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing-Shiphay Lane

Information about the roadworks taking place in Torquay.

There is never a good time for major roadworks to take place. This is particularly true 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 to take this into consideration when considering:

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

Works starts on Monday 17 July 2023 and should take around 9 weeks. To minimise disruption, there will be two phases of the closure of Shiphay Lane.

Phase 1 - Oak Park Avenue to Dairy Hill

This phase should take about 6 weeks. During this phase Dairy Hill will remain open to traffic and pedestrians.

Phase 2 - The rest of the road from Dairy Hill to the Devon Dumpling

At this point Dairy Hill will close to both traffic and pedestrians.

On Shiphay Lane there will be no disruption to the pavements. Pedestrians will still be able to walk along Shiphay Lane.

All you need to know

Roads affected

Shiphay Lane from the Devon Dumpling to Oak Park Avenue.

The diversion route

The route will go along Shiphay Avenue, Dart Avenue, Exe Hill, and Collaton Road, back to Shiphay Lane. The reverse of this also applies. There will be signs marking the diversion route.

Reason for road closure

The road requires a full reconstruction. Contractors need to dig down over two feet and remove the current road surface. They then have to build it up again, finishing with two or three layers of tarmac.

To allow for this level of work, the road needs to be fully closed. The closure will have an impact on residents accessing their properties. There will be no vehicular access to properties during the duration of the works.

Duration of the work

The works should take up to 9 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. 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 Bitmac surface is removed and then recycled. The remaining material goes to the tip on the outskirts of Plymouth.

Who is completing the work

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

Other works happening in the Shiphay area

Wales & West Utilities are currently upgrading the gas pipe in the Collaton Road area. Work started in early June and is due to end in April 2024. Email Wales and West Utilities with any comments or queries about these works.

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