Water leak in East Devon results in overnight road closure and diversion between Axminster and Honiton

The A35 at Wilmington, in East Devon, will stay closed overnight until Wednesday morning (April 6) while resurfacing takes place as the result of a water leak.

The road has been closed in both directions, and a diversion has been put in place for motorists needing to travel between Honiton and Axminster.

National Highways said a water leak resulted in ‘essential’ resurfacing work taking place in the early hours of Tuesday morning (April 5), which – because of its depth – will take several hours to cure.

Motorists needing to travel between Honiton and Axminster are being diverted via the A358 to Ilminster, A303 to A30, and then back onto the A35.

And motorists are being warned of potential delays as further works are expected to take place overnight.

A National Highways spokesperson said: “National Highways is advising drivers that essential resurfacing on the A35 in Wilmington, Devon, means the road will remain closed until Wednesday (6th) morning.

“Resurfacing work was needed in the early hours of Tuesday (5th) morning following a water leak, with the depth of the resurfacing meaning it will take several hours to cure.

“Due to this, the road will remain closed in both directions until tomorrow morning as further remedial works are scheduled to take place overnight tonight, with potential for delays to journeys.”

They added: “Motorists needing to travel between Honiton and Axminster are being diverted via the A358 to Ilminster, A303 to A30, and then back onto the A35.

“Drivers are reminded to plan their journeys, allow extra time for travelling and check traffic conditions before setting off.”

Further information about the closure is available from National Highways, here.

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