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Further piling to boost Slapton Sands road re-route

Devon County Council has said that further sheet piling is to be undertaken to further improve the resilience of the A379 following reopening of the route at Slapton Sands this evening.

The road between Slapton and Strete Gate was washed away by Storm Emma in early March and has been rebuilt and realigned by contractor Alun Griffiths.

Two sections of the road have been realigned, with planning permission updated on the northern section of the realignment, moving it further inland to the north and west, than originally proposed.

The junction at Sands Road, Slapton, has also been moved inland by around 10m.

Devon County Council leader John Hart said: “We said we would get on with the job of reconnecting this link as quickly as possible, and it has been achieved in a short time. We have a road that is now more resilient in its new alignment. Additional measures are being undertaken in the area to improve the protection of this road. Every effort is being made to extend the lifespan of this road but we have to accept that it may become increasingly difficult in future.”

The latest piling work will repair and upgrade a 70m stretch of the existing sea defence immediately to the north of Torcross. The council has said that the new sheet pile wall will improve the resilience of the A379 and complement the realignment works. The council add that the additional piling builds on the emergency work undertaken to the remainder of this old sea wall in early 2016.

The sheet piled wall is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

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