2017 resurfacing programme gets under way in Plymouth


Council Leader Ian Bowyer, Adrian Trim (our Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services), Councillor Ricketts and Neal Gibson (Operations Manager for SWH).

Ninety Plymouth roads will get a new lease of life over the next 12 months as part of a £6.39 million investment in carriageway and footway repairs.

Our resurfacing programme for 2017/18 will get under way on Tuesday 18 April, targeting stretches on main routes where the overall road surface is nearing the end of its life or where multiple potholes have developed.

Thirty-four roads will be fully resurfaced and a further 56 sites will be micro-asphalted.

Micro-asphalt is used as a preventative treatment on roads showing the first signs of wear and tear, tackling damage in its early stages to reduce costs in the future. As well as extending the life of the road it increases skid resistance, which improves road safety.

The works are being carried out by our new road maintenance contractor South West Highways (SWH), alongside its day-to-day repairs to individual potholes.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “We’ve made it a priority to keep Plymouth moving and a resilient road network is absolutely key to this, especially on the city’s busier routes. We will be investing almost £6,390,000 in carriageway and footpath maintenance this year, including protective treatments to slow down deterioration, as well as full resurfacing.”

Roads being resurfaced during April and May include:

Valley Road
Haye Road
Elburton Road
Billacombe Road
Madeira Road
Hoe Road
Millbay Road
Church Hill Road
Wolseley Road

Advance warning signs will be put out on the roadside to let motorists know when works are due to be carried out and most will take place at night to minimise disruption to traffic.

Local residents and businesses will receive letters in advance and a customer liaison officer from SWH will consult with any businesses that may be affected. Access to properties will be maintained as far as possible and any diversion routes will be signposted.

You can view all upcoming roadworks and sign up for tailored e-alerts on our roadworks page. Updates are also issued on Twitter @plymhighways and in our weekly roadworks roundup.

Pictured above (left to right): Council Leader Ian Bowyer, Adrian Trim (the Council’s Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services), Councillor Ricketts and Neal Gibson (Operations Manager for SWH).