Work to upgrade Plymouth’s second busiest bus interchange is now complete.
The road outside Derriford Hospital has been widened to allow buses to travel in both directions – helping to reduce congestion outside the main entrance and making bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable.
Four additional bus stops have been installed and footpaths widened to provide more space for waiting passengers and separate drop-off areas have been created for taxis.
Developed in partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the scheme cost just over £2 million and was part funded through the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The LEP awarded £1.4 million, with the remainder provided by the Council and the Trust. Construction was carried out by our highways contractor Amey.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing, Transport and Planning, said: “The new interchange should ease traffic flow outside the hospital and help to improve bus journey times. It also includes better, safer areas for people being picked up and dropped off and will hopefully make a difference to patients, staff and visitors. We’d like to thank people for bearing with us while the works were carried out.”
Landscaping at the front of the hospital is complete and a new orchard, developed with the Derriford Hospital Environment Group, will be planted in February, providing an open green space for staff, patients and visitors.
Derriford is identified in the Joint Local Plan as a key area to deliver growth in housing and employment, with the vision to establish a new heart for the north of the city first proposed in Plymouth’s Core Strategy in 2007. Central to this vision is a transport network that can connect people to new homes, jobs and leisure and health facilities.
The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme is part of a master plan of highway improvements on and around the city’s ‘northern corridor’, connecting with the new Marjon Link Road and complementing other schemes such as the Derriford Transport Scheme, where construction has just got under way.