Category Archives : Mark Coker


More protection for some of Plymouth’s historic post-war buildings

Plymouth’s unique post-war architecture could enjoy more planning protection under moves to create a new conservation area in the city centre. Plymouth City Council is considering the designation, with Royal Parade and Civic Square at its heart of a new conservation area. It would take in New George Street to the north; Raleigh Street, Derry’s […]


Next stop delivery – walking, cycling and bus improvements on the way

We’re a step closer to huge improvements designed to keep us all on the move. Council Leader Tudor Evans signed a decision which means the Council can procure contracts and start to spend £7.6 million of the Transforming Cities Fund. Councillor Evans said: “The figure is big and so is the plan – this is […]


First look at detailed plans for Forder Valley Link Road

Residents and businesses along or near the Forder Valley will this week hear about how one of the city’s biggest ever infrastructure schemes will affect them. A series of public information events is taking place to give people the low down on the Forder Valley Link Road and how it will be built. The new […]


Partners sign Plan For Trees partnership agreement

Partners in Plymouth have signed the Plan For Trees commitment to enhancing Plymouth’s tree coverage. Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes, the Woodland Trust, Plymouth Tree Partnership, the National Trust and Plymouth Open Spaces Network, have all signed an agreement to be a member of the steering group that fulfils the Plan’s Delivery Programme which […]


Plans for the future of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon receive ringing endorsement

It’s taken three years to shape, publish and consult on, but the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has now been endorsed by independent Government Inspectors. The ambitious plan for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034 covering important issues like health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, green […]


Plymouth secures transport funding

Plymouth is one of ten cities set to benefit from a significant funding boost. The city will receive a total of £7.6 million from the Transforming Cities Fund, a central Government pot that aims to improve transport provision with a particular emphasis on sustainable transport. Following a successful bid from the Council, the money will […]


Improvements to Plymouth Road getting underway

The much anticipated improvements works on Plymouth Road in Plympton will begin later this month. A key part of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme, works will replace ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road with the latest technology, whilst providing more road capacity and improving routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Work will begin on […]


Forder Valley contractor named

Cabinet members have approved a recommendation to name Balfour Beatty as the intended main contractor for Plymouth’s new Forder Valley Link Road. The international infrastructure group was selected via a public sector procurement framework, having already advised on the feasibility, design and pre-construction stages of the scheme. It will deliver all civil engineering activity for […]


Plympton St Mary residents to consider future of local planning

In a first for Plymouth residents, those eligible to vote in Plympton St Mary may soon have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to approve a Neighbourhood Plan for their ward. Neighbourhood Plans were first brought into power by the Localism Act 2011, aiming to give individuals and communities more decision-making powers. Plympton […]


Trailblazing schemes up for national planning awards

Two pioneering schemes that are changing lives in Plymouth have helped Plymouth City Council reach the final of the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence. The Council’s City Change Fund – which uses an online crowdfunding platform to distribute funds – and DataPlay – which works with local talent and tech companies to explore how […]


Work on Charles Cross set to begin

Works on the Charles Cross Transport Improvement Scheme will begin on Monday 4 February. Charles Cross roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network and accommodates the majority of the city’s bus routes as well as high volumes of traffic. It is also well-used by pedestrians. […]


City wide walking competition sends Plymouth pupils over the moon!

The winners of Plymouth’s first ever Classroom To Moon Challenge have been announced. Prizes included a visit from mobile planetarium Space Odyssey for winning schools or new scooter storage from Scooterpods, providing a real incentive for clocking up those space-minutes. Small prizes of water-bottles, pens or reflective keyrings along the way rewarded ‘Walker of the […]


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Funding approved for Plymouth Road works

Junction improvements in the east of Plymouth have been given the go-ahead. The scheme will see ageing traffic signal equipment on Plymouth Road in Plympton replaced with the latest technology and will also provide more road capacity whilst making pedestrian and cycling improvements. A major part of the scheme is an extension to the eastbound, […]


Charles Cross works to begin in new year

Work to improve Charles Cross roundabout will begin in the new year. The roundabout, with Charles Church at its centre, is one of the key junctions on Plymouth’s transport network, handles high volumes of traffic and is used by the majority of the city’s bus routes. It is also well-used by pedestrians. The Charles Cross […]


Delegation meets Secretary of State for Transport about A38

A modern A38 to support Plymouth’s plans to grow the region’s economy for years to come – that’s what the city, Cornwall and co-signatories of the A38 Case for Action have asked of Government. A delegation of MPs and Councillors, including Plymouth MPs Luke Pollard and Johnny Mercer met Secretary of State for Transport Chris […]


Signal junction option for Woolwell to The George scheme

Plymouth’s long term plan to tackle one of the worst bottlenecks in the city is likely to include a new signal junction at Woolwell, say transport planners. Extensive modelling has been carried out on a number of options to improve traffic flow between Woolwell Roundabout and The George Junction, a key commuter route into the […]

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Green light to work up transport plans

A multi-million pound package of schemes to help people get to and from work in Plymouth and the wider travel to work area more easily and more quickly has been shortlisted for funding by the Department of Transport. Plymouth is one 10 cities to be given the green light to work up more detailed plans […]


Improvements continue for popular cycling and walking route

Cycling and pedestrian facilities between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge are set for more improvements. Following on from works carried out on Finnigan Road and Clovelly Road earlier this year, new proposals include improvements along Cattedown Road, and a brand new, off-road section through Neptune Park. Already part of the South West Coast Path […]

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Green light for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been granted planning permission. The multi-million pound scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 […]


New subsidised bus network to include Sherford

Sherford will soon be getting its first bus service following a review of the city’s subsidised network. Launching in September, the 2A will be operated by Stagecoach South West and link the new community in the east with Saltash in the west, via Plymstock Broadway, Pomphlett Roundabout, the city centre, railway station and Milehouse. It […]


New bike scheme to help people into education and work

A new programme to help people access a bike to enable them to travel to work or college has been launched in Plymouth. Bike Links Wheels to Work, is part of Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion project and aims to support residents who are struggling to access employment, education and training opportunities. It’s been funded by […]


Plymouth businesses made every ride count in June

Plymouth’s first Workplace Cycle Challenge – ‘Every Ride Counts’ –was a great success, with 86 people, across 23 teams and 10 organisations taking part. The challenge, which was led by Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion team, rewarded the number of trips made, rather than the distance cycled, in order to encourage more people out and about […]


Lane adjustments to improve traffic flow on Derriford Roundabout

We will be adjusting some of the lane designations on Derriford Roundabout overnight on Thursday 19 July, following initial monitoring of the new layout and feedback from drivers.  Some drivers have told us the lane designations could be clearer between Derriford Road and Looseleigh Lane and this is supported by observations from the scheme’s contractor. […]


New gradings for Plymouth’s roads

More than 100 roads in Plymouth are to be given a higher classification following a comprehensive review of the city’s network. The review has shown a number of the city’s roads are ‘under-graded’ when assessed against national guidelines and that Plymouth has fewer A and B roads compared with similar cities and the national average. […]


Traffic on Royal Parade could be slower next week

Traffic on Royal Parade is likely to be slow moving for a few days next week to enable a trial to be carried out on Bretonside viaduct. From 21 May until 25 May, a short section of the outbound lane and bus lane near the former post office from St Andrew’s Cross towards Charles Cross […]


Plymouth’s joint bid with Malaga to tackle climate change impact

Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Malaga City Council in Spain in an exciting project to find ways of getting nature to fight the impact of climate change. The two cities will be bidding for around €10 million – or £7.5 million – to help fund this important work, which if successful, could be […]


Contractor appointed for Derriford Transport Scheme

Major transport improvement plans for the north of the city have taken a major step forward, with the appointment of the main contractor for the Derriford Transport Scheme. The contract has been awarded to Amey LG Ltd following a competitive tender process and construction work is expected to begin in July. The Derriford Transport Scheme […]


National Express to manage new Plymouth coach station

The redevelopment of Plymouth Coach Station has reached a major new milestone after coach company National Express signed an agreement to manage the new site. Heads of terms have now been signed between the UK’s largest coach company and Plymouth City Council, setting out the arrangements for running the new site in the West End […]