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Poor management of Health and Safety

Reported via desktop in the Road surface (NH) category anonymously at 20:24, Fri 25 June 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

The A38 has been closed at Wranagton in Devon, Our village has 100's of cars every minute going well in excess of the speed limit. It will be lucky if nobody is killed or peoples property damaged in Wrangaton or Bittaford! Surely the Police, Highways England or the contractor has a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act to provide additional resources to manage this risk?

We have already had an accident on B3213 since the closure a complete lack of joined up thinking by all the bodies involved.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. concerning the closure on the A38.

    We shall look into this issue and aim to provide a response by 09/07/21.

    Can we please ask that you check back on this date for an update.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by National Highways at 09:07, Thu 1 July 2021

  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. concerning our works on the A38 at Wrangaton.

    We’re sorry that you feel that we have not taken the health and safety of those on the diversion route into account whilst undertaking these overnight works, when vehicle flows are at their lowest.

    Diversion route capability, timing of overnight works and local communities within the diversion route along with the planned works and the health and safety of the workforce on the A38 are all taken into consideration in the planning of these schemes. We were given permission from the local highways authority to use this diversion route.

    We have not been made aware of any incidents on the diversion route but you you would need to make the police aware, as the enforcement agency, of your concerns with the speeding vehicles.

    We will look to add additional signage, with the local highways authority’s agreement, reminding drivers of lower speed limits through villages along the diversion route, when used in the future.

    If you require any other information please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 07:54, Fri 2 July 2021

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