A345 Temporary Road Closures to remove Diseased Trees on MOD Land, August to October 2020

Dear Stakeholder

Further to our email in June to update you on the programme of works to clear trees infected with Ash Dieback on Salisbury Plain Training Area, I am now writing to inform you that the package of work to remove diseased trees on MOD land bordering the A345 will start from the 10 August and run through to the end of October.

In order to do this safely, we will need to implement a number of static and rolling road closures on the A345 and minor roads in the villages between Upavon and Durrington throughout the duration of the works. These will take place on weekdays between 09:30 and 16:30. Details of specific closures as they occur will be available on gov.uk, on twitter at @mod_dio or on the website one.network. Diversions will be in place and clearly marked.

As you are aware, trees infected with Ash Dieback present a significant health and safety risk, especially alongside roads, public rights of way and woodland areas used by the public for recreation activities. For the safety of road users, it is therefore necessary to remove the infected trees along the A345 as soon as possible.

The work is taking place earlier than scheduled so that the majority of closures can take place over the school summer holiday period to help minimise disruption. We are also writing to residents and commercial businesses within a two mile radius of the closures to inform them of the work and how they can stay updated. A copy of this communication is attached for your information.

We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns please email nsc@landmarc.mod.uk or call 0800 022 3334.

Yours sincerely

Richard Hartley

Regional Head Forester, South West

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)


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