Exe Viaduct M5 junctions 30 - 31

At the end of 2016, Highways England identified a structural fault affecting the Exe Viaduct (the structure that carries the M5 over the River Exe between junctions 30 and 31). As a result there are currently restrictions on some movements of abnormal heavy loads over it.

Further investigation work is currently being carried out – which is intended to provide a clearer picture of what has happened and how the issues can be resolved - but for the time being all abnormal loads applying to move across the viaduct need to be individually assessed by Highways England.

If you need to transport goods over the Exe Viaduct, then you will need to apply for permission to do so. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis, and where they are permitted you will receive confirmation of this in writing.

You must not move abnormally heavy loads across the Exe Viaduct unless you get express written permission from Highways England in advance.

If your load is unable to cross the viaduct in normal traffic conditions, Highways England may be able to support you using a rolling road block instead. This service is free, but it needs to be booked in advance and is subject to the availability of the traffic officer service at the time.

If you have any queries about this issue you can contact Skanska, Highways England’s managing agents for the M5, on 0845 600 9992.