The A379 has reopened between Slapton Junction and Torcross

Shingle cleared from A379 between Slapton junction and Torcross

 

 

The route was destroyed by Storm Emma earlier this month, with parts of the road between Slapton and Strete Gate completely washed away and other sections left covered with shingle.

Devon County Council spent all last week clearing shingle from the stretch between Slapton junction and Torcross. Tonnes of shingle have been removed to get it back up and running at the weekend.

Last week, Devon County Council Leader John Hart and Cabinet member for Highway Management Councillor Stuart Hughes visited the A379 at Slapton and pledged that it would re-open. This was followed by the promise of £2.5 million of support from government.

Councillor Hughes said: "Our highways teams have worked flat out to clear the shingle from this stretch as quickly as possible, and this at least re-connects this part of the road. We have pledged that the A379 will re-open as soon as possible and the government funding will be a great help in achieving that. A lot of work is going on behind the scenes to draw up plans to re-establishing this road and it is being done as a priority."

The physical barrier is in place to prevent access to the road between Sands Road and Strete Gate.

The environmental sensitivity and designation of the area is being carefully considered by Devon County Council teams working up designs to re-connect the A379.

The co-operation and agreement of affected landowners will be vital to the delivery of any scheme. The County Council is working alongside its partners from the Slapton Line Partnership, which includes South Hams District Council, Environment Agency, Natural England, South Devon AONB, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Field Studies Council at Slapton Ley.

Councillor Julian Brazil, local County Councillor for Kingsbridge and South Hams District Councillor, said: "It's obviously good news and thanks must go to everyone involved in this clear up. Hopefully we will get the rest of the road repaired as soon as possible."

Councillor Richard Foss, Ward Member for Allington and Strete at South Hams District Council, said: "It's great to see that part of the road has been re-opened already.  The speedy and efficient work by the Council team to clear the shingle off the road has been fantastic, and with the promise of government money to support the reopening of the rest of the A379, we can look forward to a positive future for the area."