Bay motorists face New Year 'disruption' with major roadworks

Torbay Weekly

Motorists will welcome in the New Year in Torbay having to face two major roadworks schemes.

Torbay Council have admitted the works in Torbay Road and Torwood Street will 'unfortunately bring some disruption'.

On Monday January 3 Network Rail will start work on replacing the bridge over the railway line on Torbay Road, by Wheatridge Lane. This part of Torbay Road will be closed from Rathmore Road on Torquay seafront to Wheatridge Lane. The works will take about nine weeks to complete and diversions will be in place.

The Torwood Street scheme will start on Thursday January 6 and will see the street shut from the Clocktower to the junction with Parkhill Road and The Terrace. A full reconstruction of the road is being carried out and will take about 12 weeks to complete. Diversions will also be in place.

Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, said: “As you travel around the Bay during the first three months of the New Year, please take into consideration these schemes and look at taking another route and following the main diversions, especially the one that takes you along the ring road between Torquay and Paignton.

“There really is never a good time to do any major highway schemes, let alone two at the same time. We do not take the decision for closing roads lightly and we apologise for the inconvenience and disruption these works will cause."

Michael Clapham, Network Rail Scheme Project Manager said: “We are really sorry for the inconvenience our work in the new year will cause for local residents.

“We have worked very closely with Torbay Council and have carefully planned our work to minimise disruption as much as possible.”