Category Archives : Steve Ricketts – Transport and Housing Delivery


2017 resurfacing programme gets under way in Plymouth

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 […]

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

Council and SWH managers outside Guildhall

New road maintenance contract for Plymouth

Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to South West Highways (SWH). SWH are carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March). All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure […]


Plymouth Car Park wins national award

Plymouth’s newest car park has picked up a prestigious award at the British Parking awards. The British Parking Awards is an independent competition that recognises the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and team work. Mayflower Street West Car Park beat off competition from other councils and the private sector to be named the […]


Making parking simpler in Plymouth

A raft of new parking arrangements designed to make parking that bit simpler in Plymouth will come into effect from 1 April. Cheaper long-stay parking, simpler tariffs and tickets that can be used in more than one place are part of a package of measures to help shoppers and visitors park more easily. Smart meters […]


Plymouth gearing up for new road maintenance contract

Preparations are progressing well for the transfer of Plymouth’s road maintenance services to South West Highways (SWH) in April. Some functions are moving back to the Council under the new contract to ensure greater control over which works are carried out where and when. Functions we will manage include: inspections, audits and road safety; co-ordination and licensing […]


Olympic Way and Jubilee Road opened up to help keep city moving

Restrictions have been lifted on two roads in Derriford and West Park to help keep traffic flowing and reduce congestion. Olympic Way, which runs between Tavistock Road and Plymbridge Road, was previously a bus lane but has now been opened to all vehicles. The bus lane was installed as part of the development of the […]


Comment on parking modernisation plans

People can now comment on proposals for simpler tariffs, more online services, cheaper long-stay parking and tickets that can be used in multiple locations, which are among a number of improvements being proposed in a major modernisation of Plymouth’s parking arrangements. Proposals include smarter meters that will allow people to park for longer if they […]


Council to provide help to get empty homes back into use

More empty homes will be enabled to be brought back into occupation in Plymouth, after Plymouth City Council agreed more support for empty home owners. The Council has agreed the Empty Homes Financial Assistance Policy, which enables empty home owners to apply for financial assistance up to £50,000 per unit of accommodation, up to a […]


Plans to modernise parking in Plymouth

Simpler tariffs, more online services, cheaper long-stay parking and tickets that can be used in multiple locations are among a number of improvements being proposed in a major modernisation of Plymouth’s parking arrangements. We are modernising our parking fees and services to make charges more consistent, fairer and easier to understand, provide more flexible options for […]


Upgrade for digital bus shelter displays

Digital displays in Plymouth’s bus shelters are to get an upgrade, meaning more reliable and accurate information for passengers. We’re currently tendering for a new system that will deliver improvements to our 85 ‘real time’ screens, which show information about the next services due at bus stops. We plan to move from 2G mobile phone technology to […]


Empty Homes Week 28 November – 2 December 2016

Plymouth is making great progress in bringing empty homes across the city back into use, as we mark Empty Homes Week (28 November – 2 December 2016). Earlier this year Plymouth City Council launched its refreshed Plan for Empty Homes with £1 million to help bring 375 empty homes back into use by 2021. Plymouth […]


Traffic signals to be removed on Notte Street junction

Traffic lights on a busy junction near the Barbican are to be replaced with a mini-roundabout as part of Council plans to keep Plymouth moving.  The junction of Notte Street and Hoe Approach currently has three signalised crossings and often gets congested with waiting traffic, particularly at peak times. We plan to install a mini-roundabout to […]


Plymouth geared up for cold weather

We and our highways contractor Amey are geared up and ready to keep the city moving as the weather turns colder. Amey’s winter service team is on standby 24 hours a day from the beginning of October to the end of March each year. It monitors the weather closely via a dedicated forecast station and two […]

Road gritting vehicle being filled at Prince Rock Depot

Changes to traffic calming on Central Park Avenue

The traffic island on Central Park Avenue is being removed following feedback from residents The priority give way feature is being replaced with warning signs alerting motorists about the road humps. The signs should ensure vehicles slow down as they approach the new crossing point at the junction of Central Park Avenue and Dale Road. […]


Plymouth City Council to invest £1 million in tackling empty homes

Plymouth City Council is accelerating its work to bring more empty homes in the city back into use. The Council has approved investment of £1 million to bring 375 homes in the city back into use to meet the needs of local people. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery for Plymouth […]


Work gets underway on former Ship building

Work is set to start to transform the derelict former Ship Hostel building in Millbay into affordable apartments – as Plymouth City Council seeks to relieve the number of empty homes in the city. The Ship Hostel building, which has been empty since 2011, is to be converted into 11 contemporary, affordable rent-to-buy flats with […]


Plymouth appoints new highways contractor

We have appointed South West Highways as the new contractor for our highways maintenance services. Cabinet members have given the preferred bidder the green light after a rigorous procurement process and contracts are due to be signed next month, following a statutory ‘standstill’ period. South West Highways will take over from our current provider in April 2017 […]


More space for parking in the city centre

More shoppers will be able to park in the West End of the city centre, thanks to the opening of a new car park next to Plymouth’s brand new coach station. Contractors South West Highways have put the finishing touches to the new layout of the car park which will have room for 90 vehicles.  […]


New coach station for Britain’s Ocean City opens

Plymouth is to give a better welcome to thousands of coach passengers in its new look station. The first service will leave from the new station on Thursday 8 September but a ceremony to mark the opening of the new £4.85 million facility has taken place today. The new coach station will have seven bays, real […]


Demolition of former Whitleigh Community Centre for planned starter homes

Work has started on the demolition of a derelict former community centre with plans for 27 new starter homes on the site. The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past eight years and is subject to vandalism, is being demolished to help pave the way for new housing. Earlier in the […]


Proposed changes to traffic calming on Central Park Avenue

We will shortly be advertising plans to replace the new priority give way feature (traffic island) on Central Park Avenue with three speed humps. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery says he has received ongoing complaints about the island, which was introduced earlier in the year as part of the Station to […]

Councillor Ricketts with traffic island in Central Park Avenue

34A bus inside the Royal William Yard

Take the bus into the Royal William Yard

Visitors to the Royal William Yard will be able to take a bus right into the heart of the historic waterfront site from Sunday 24 July. Citybus service 34A will be going through the main gate all day, every day so whether you are heading out for a meal, enjoying evening drinks with friends, going […]


Plymouth praised in national research on Empty Homes

Plymouth has been held up as an example of good practice for its work on Empty Homes in newly published national research. The research – Affordable Homes From Empty Commercial Spaces – published by Empty Homes (a national campaigning charity) and funded by the Nationwide Foundation, features a number of case studies, including Hoegate House, […]


Left to right: Helen Scholes (Marketing Manager at Stagecoach SW), Councillor Steve Ricketts, Richard Stevens (MD of Plymouth Citybus) and Ashley Taylor (Transport Manager at Target Travel) launching the new Skipper tickets.

Plymouth adds new tickets to Skipper range

From Monday 4 July bus passengers will be able to buy a ticket that lets them travel anywhere in Plymouth, with any operator – not just for the day but for a week or for four weeks. We’ve teamed up with bus companies to extend the ‘Skipper’ range following the success of the Skipper day ticket, […]


New crossing to be installed on Billacombe Road

Work to install a long-awaited pedestrian crossing over Billacombe Road will get under way on Monday 13 June. The news will be welcomed by residents in the Saltram Meadow estate, who have been calling for the developer to install a crossing since the first homes were occupied last year. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and […]