December flood relief and engineering works for the South Devon Link Road reminder

16th December, 2013
The South Devon Link Road project team is reminding residents and rail users of the flood relief and engineering works that are planned over the Christmas holiday period.  

Contractor Galliford Try is due to take possession of the railway at the accommodation bridge on Torquay Road, Newton Abbot, and Aller Orchard, Langford and Manor Drive, Kingskerswell between 25th and 29th December 2013 to undertake major construction and demolition work.

The works have been planned after extensive consultation with the Torbay Council, Devon County Council, Network Rail and environmental consultants AAe. A formal approval from Teignbridge District Council has been sought. All the planned preparatory works that have taken place in November and early December have been successfully completed.

The bridge demolition and one of the culverts will affect the main line and therefore has to be carried out on 25th and 26th December when trains do not run.  The other works will be on the Torbay line.  There will be no trains running to or from Torbay and Newton Abbot on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th December 2013, however replacement bus services will be provided by Network Rail. Users of the A380 will be unaffected by any of the works taking place and pedestrians will be redirected from the west side of the current A380 on to the east side.

Galliford Try is undertaking a number of measures to mitigate impacts on the community including erecting acoustic barriers to reduce the level of noise experienced by residents.

Jim Watson, Project Director at Galliford Try, said: We know that some residents may find this construction work disruptive around the Christmas period, but this activity is a fundamental part of the flood relief program and the construction of the South Devon Link Road.  Extensive effort has gone into ensuring practical mitigation measures will be employed wherever possible, to keep any disruption to a minimum.

Wed like to remind people that they can visit the South Devon Link Road website, which contains the latest updates and full information on the planned works

The Public Liaison team will be on call 24 hours a day during these operations. Contact telephone numbers are available on the South Devon Link Road website.