Category Archives : Mark Coker


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 […]


Help finalise transport improvement plans for Outland Road

Detailed plans for upgrading junctions and improving traffic flow along Outland Road will be on public display later this week. The A386 Outland Road Junction Improvements scheme will reduce congestion along Outland Road, improving journey times for motorists and service reliability for buses on this busy route. It will also improve road safety by upgrading pedestrian crossings […]


Funding boost for walking and cycling improvements on eastern corridor

Plymouth City Council has secured £3.42 million to improve walking and cycling links along the city’s eastern corridor. The funding, which will be supplemented by £1.49 million of Section 106 funding from the new Sherford and Saltram Meadow developments, has been awarded by the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership’s Local Transport Board. […]


Work complete on new North Corner Pontoon

Devonport’s new North Corner Pontoon will be open to the public from Friday 15 January. The historic waterfront feature, which was closed for safety reasons in June 2011, has undergone a complete restoration following a campaign by the local community, MP and ward councillors. Located just off the Cornwall Street beach, it now boasts a […]

Nathan Sanders (Council Senior Project and Contract Manager), Colin Bower (Managing Director at Docking Solutions Ltd), Edward Hobbs (Infrastructure Engineer at Aecom), Micky Goble (Council Pier Master) and Councillor Coker on the new North Corner Pontoon

Green light for improvements to Derriford Hospital bus interchange

Plans to improve Plymouth’s second busiest bus interchange have been given the green light. Planning permission has been granted for the Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme, which will convert the existing one-way bus link to allow buses to travel in both directions. The scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, […]


Improved walking and cycling links between Plym Valley and Saltram

Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Plym Valley Trail and Saltram Countryside Park is now complete. The scheme includes a new off-road link directly into the trail from Coypool Road and improvements to the path running underneath Plymouth Road, as well new and improved crossings for walkers and cyclists. It was awarded […]

Left to right: Sandra Pentney from the Council, Hannah Jones, John Scott, Simon Newens and Jim Wright from SWH Civils and Councillor Philippa Davey, the Council’s Cycling Commissioner

Junction improvements planned for Outland Road

Work to upgrade junctions and reduce congestion along Plymouth’s Outland Road will get under way early next year. The Northern Corridor Junction Improvement Scheme will see more modern and efficient signals installed on the Peverell Park Road, Weston Park Road and Tor Lane junctions, along with new and improved crossing facilities and better priority for […]


Count down to work starting on new bus station

The countdown to work starting on Plymouth’s new bus station is well and truly underway with final designs tweaks being submitted. The project team is submitting a planning condition amendment as a result of improvements to the design and look of the site. The amendments include a new pedestrian ramp to make it easier for […]


Apprentice to bring countryside into city

This country girl is heading to the city to make it a bit more rural! Willow Large-Lee is the new apprentice countryside manager who will be playing a crucial part in creating a community park for Plymouth at Derriford. The 18-year-old who studied Countryside Management at Bicton College, which is part of the Cornwall College […]


More national recognition for Plymouth’s planners

Plymouth’s planning department has been shortlisted for two national awards. The Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Department is in the running for local authority team of the year in the national Planning Magazine awards. Its groundbreaking Plymouth Plan is also shortlisted in the strategic planning category in the awards which will be held on 17 November. […]


If you go down to the woods today – take an explorer’s pack

Families will be able to download fabulous facts for foraging and exploring woodlands where they live as part of a fantastic initiative. The ‘Woodland explorer’ pack has just been launched and features facts on how to explore woodlands using fun wildlife investigations and craft activities. It includes guides to identifying flora and fauna in our woods as […]


Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme now complete

The second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme is now complete. A bridge has been installed over The Ride to extend the popular new link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock and a permanent access ramp has been built. The work, which also included fabrication of the bridge and making […]


Travel survey disruption over

Travel surveys planned for this week will be carried out by post – meaning no more disruption for Plymouth motorists. The Council has to gather up-to-date information about people’s travel movements to get Government funding for the major transport improvements the city needs and ensure schemes meet future demand. Because of the amount of good […]


Travel surveys to be carried out in Plymouth

Surveys to collect important travel data will be carried out on some of Plymouth’s key routes over the next two weeks. The surveys will be used to gather up-to-date information on journeys made in the city, which is critical for funding submissions for major transport improvement schemes such as the Forder Valley Link Road. They […]


Help finalise transport improvement plans for Derriford

Detailed plans for improving traffic flow in the Derriford area will be on public display next week. The Derriford Transport Scheme, which will see improvements on the A386 Tavistock Road, aims to reduce congestion and create more road capacity for the extra traffic that will be generated by proposed developments in the area. It will […]


Buses travelling up new Marjon Link Road

New Marjon Link Road now open

A new link road for buses between the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon) and Derriford Hospital has been officially opened today. The road between Plymbridge Lane and Derriford Road has been widened to provide a new two-way link for buses, which allows them to access the university, Nuffield Health and Derriford Hospital […]


Pioneering plan for Plymouth’s future is agreed

An ambitious and pioneering plan setting out a 15 year vision for a dynamic and growing Plymouth has been given the go-ahead by councillors. Thousands of people who live and work in Plymouth have been involved in the creation of part one of the Plymouth Plan, which provides a single strategic plan that will guide […]


New CCTV control room now up and running

A new CCTV control room that will help keep a watchful eye on shoppers and visitors is now live beneath the Council House. A large unused kitchen has now been transformed into new control room, complete with a bank of 12 CCTV monitor screens along one wall. Operators can call up footage from almost 300 […]


New bus shelters for Royal Parade

Work to install shelters for two new bus bays on Royal Parade will get under way on Tuesday 1 September. The two extra bays have been created on the westbound side of Royal Parade, near the existing stops outside the Guildhall (A4) and the Civic Centre (A5). When they come into use next month, the […]


New bridge ready to be installed over The Ride

Work to install a new bridge over The Ride will get under way this week. The bridge, which is the second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge scheme, will extend the popular new pedestrian and cycle link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock. Laira Rail Bridge will be closed from Wednesday 26 August while […]


First phase of major new Sherford project gets go ahead

The first phase of the major new Sherford community has been given the go ahead, which will bring much needed new homes and jobs to the area. South Hams District Council and Plymouth City Council have given reserved matters planning consent to the first phase of the Sherford community – which will eventually include 5,500 […]


Plymouth Plan wins national award

Plymouth’s innovative approach to planning for the future has won a national award for planning excellence. The Plymouth Plan was last night recognised as the best approach to plan making practice in the country by the Royal Town Planning Institute – the professional body that represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes […]


Extensive resurfacing programme to get under way in June

A major resurfacing programme that will repair some of Plymouth’s key arterial routes will be carried out this summer. The 18-week programme, which gets under way on Wednesday 3 June, will focus on areas of the strategic road network that are in most need of repair and see 20 of the city’s main roads and […]