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Road into Looe to be closed for eight weeks

Road into Looe to be closed for eight weeks

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 19th January 2019.

A main road into Looe is going to closed for eight weeks so a new road drainage system can be installed.

Cornwall Council is carrying out the works on the upper portion of St Martin's Road.

From the 16th February workers will be on site seven days a week - with the aim of it being completed by Easter.

The improvements are designed to prevent surface flooding and protect residents and road users in the event of a '100 year rainfall event - a phrase used when describing the 1 in a 100 chance of a severe storm hitting an area in any given year.

Bosses say the design also factors in work to future proof the scheme against the predicted effects of climate change.

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The new highway drainage scheme complements improvements put in place by the Council on St Martin's Road in 2013 and 2014 which included the installation of higher kerbs and retaining walls to prevent highway surface water entering properties.

Since those works, extensive survey and investigation work on this challenging site have been carried out and have resulted in this new drainage scheme.

The works will take place on a stretch of St Martin's Road starting at the 'St Martin' residential development at the top of the hill and ending 400 metres downhill, on the high side of the entrance to the Commonwood Manor hotel.

The proposed highway drainage system uses a series of new road gullies to capture water flowing on the road surface.


The captured water is then conveyed through a series of new pipes and inspection chambers. The water will then be discharged deep into the ground using soakaways. The soakaways were installed in the carriageway last year.

"There is never a good time to close such an important road into the town but it's also important this work is done so we can improve flood protection.

"We had a choice between 8 weeks with full closure or 13 weeks with road closures and traffic lights. The latter would just mean more disruption for longer.

"The best way to carry out the work on such a sophisticated scheme in as short a space of time as possible is to go for a full road closure.

"We'll be doing all we can to let residents know about the expected disruption, as well as speaking to the school, bus companies, local businesses and to adjacent parish councils who might be impacted."

Local Cornwall Councillor for Looe East and Mayor of Looe Armand Toms


To minimise local disruption and complete this scheme as soon as possible, the Council will close St Martin's Road for eight weeks from 16th February aiming for the work to be completed by 13th April 2019 so that the road will be open in the run up to Easter.

The work is being done for the Council by CORMAC, who will have crews on site seven days a week, working during all daylight hours.

Diversion signs will be put in place and free parking offered to parents and carers in Riverbank car park to help them get their children to school.

There will be a few days of site investigation works carried out under traffic light control before 16th February in advance of the work starting on the scheme itself.

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