Getting to Dawlish & Road Closures


During Carnival Week we will post updates for any road closures or traffic disruption.

Due to the ongoing likelihood of industrial action, please check with train operators for any delays or cancellations due to train strikes before travelling.

Tuesday 15th August Pram Race

Traffic will run as normal with some delays as the event will be run using Stop /Go boards at 3 locations, except when Brunswick Place meets Barton Hill /Alexandra Road where Stop Works board will be used. Strand Hill will be closed for the duration of the start of the event for the safety of pram race runners across the top of the road, with the suspension of parking so vehicles do not attempt to leave while the road is closed. Once all prams have passed this point Strand Hill will reopen. The A379 will have stop/go boards meaning a minimum of disruption as the prams pass. We have kept the pram race route the same as 2022 as disruption on the A379 was minimal- the only change being that the contestants have to run the entire length of Marine Parade as an additional stop. See here for the full 2023 Pram Race route.

Road Closures   Friday 18th August Parade night:

The parade route is John Nash, Oak Hill, Church Street, Old Town Street, Park Road, Queen Street, The Strand, A379 Tucks Plot, Brunswick Place.

For the community parade road closure of John Nash to be in place from 5pm on Friday 18th August between Nash Gardens and Richards Close. Access will be maintained to Underwood Close, Summerhayes, Morningside, Shillingate Close at the marshal’s discretion but there may be delays. For those needing access prior to 6.45pm to Richards Close and offshoot roads access will be via Oak Hill.

Dropoff points for the parade will be at the junction of John Nash Drive/Richards close (pedestrian drop off only) with vehicle access from the A379 junction (including for residents). A diversion will be in place throughout the parade line up.

At 6.45pm a fuller closure through the parade route is implemented to allow the line up to be at the top of John Nash Drive/Oak Hill and for safety checks prior to the parade setting off at 7.15pm. All roads will reopen once the parade has completely passed through. To keep disruption to a minimum on the A379 the full closure will not be in effect until the lead of the parade hits the top of Queen Street about 8pm. Again once the parade has passed and is on Brunswick Place the road will re-open.

There is parking suspension throughout out the parade route from 3pm. Roads on the parade route and Brunswick Place with close at 6.45pm. All roads except Brunswick Place will re-open once the parade passes. Brunswick Place will open at 10pm.

Brunswick Place will be where the parade ends and vehicles disperse from the normal junction with Barton Hill/Alexandra Road where normal highways regulations will apply.

For getting to Dawlish we have put a few suggestions together below:

Please walk, cycle or take public transport if you can as carnival brings lots of visitors to the town.

The Visit Devon website is a great place to look for detailed information.

Cycling, walking or taking the bus or train on the journey to and from Dawlish includes some of the finest scenery in Britain. Walking couldn’t be much easier or beautiful via the flattish Exe Estuary trail along the seafront part of the South West Coast Path.

We also have great bus links into the town, visit Stagecoach for timetables and fares.

Information about traveling around Dawlish can be found at Travel Devon.

By Train

Dawlish is renowned for having one of the most scenic railway lines in the world, running just metres from the sea it is well worth making the trip by train. For train timetable information, visit Great Western Railway or visit National Rail Enquiries or one-stop shop for train and coach travel Trainline.

Due to the ongoing likelihood of industrial action, please check with train operators for any delays or cancellations due to train strikes before travelling.

By Car

Devon is easy to reach by road – the M5 runs into Exeter and has excellent links with other major motorways including the M4 which can be joined at Bristol. Major A roads linking to the M5 include the North Devon link road (A361), the A30, A38 and A380. From Exeter join the A379 to Dawlish – follow the signs!

There is a lot of parking in Dawlish town centre, with free parking for 30 minutes on the Strand. Barton Hill Car Park is long stay car park just a short level walk to the town centre. To find the car parks in Dawlish and their prices visit the Teignbridge District Council website. Be aware car parks can become very busy during carnival week.

Roadworks information can be found at Devon roadworks website.

Electric car charging points finder from GRIDSERVE:

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