A390 resurfacing at Gunnislake

Major work to improve the surface of the A390 through Gunnislake took place between 22 January and 9 February 2018. The surfacing brought the road up to standard, able to meet the requirements of the 6000 or so traffic movements we see passing through the village every day.

During the works the road was closed to through traffic, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.


  • A signed diversion route of around 25 miles took off-peak local traffic and non-local traffic along the A388 through Callington and Treburley, then the B3362 through Milton Abbot, re-joining the A390 north of Gulworthy.
  • The distance of the diversion was because Cornwall and Devon have a lot of rural roads unable to cope with high volumes of traffic being redirected from one of the major crossing points between counties, especially HGVs.
  • When a road is closed, we aim for any detours to redirect traffic onto a road of the same classification. Therefore, when an A-road is closed, the alternate route needs to be an A-road for as much of the detour as possible.

Phase timings

  • Phase one started Monday 22 January
    Newbridge Hill closed as far as Under Road junction - Complete
  • Phase two started Monday 29 January
    From Under Road junction, through the village centre.
  • Phase three started Monday 5 February
    Remainder of A390 through village up to Sand Hill.


  • Access to homes and local amenities was maintained as much as possible. 
  • Traffic marshalls at key locations helped provide access through the works for residents and those needing critical facilities, such as the doctor’s surgery. 

Public transport

  • Plymouth Citybus operated a revised timetable for their 79/79A service between Callington and Tavistock
  • During road closure hours, a free taxi link between Gunnislake Square and Gunnislake train station was provided by Darren’s Cars.

We always do what we can to minimise the disturbance to our local communities. This is one reason why the work was undertaken in winter, well away from the tourism season.

The works were on behalf of Cornwall Council. For any enquiries relating to this work please call  0300 1234 222.

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