Derriford traffic restrictions to be lifted early

Map showing removal of traffic restrictions for Derriford Transport SchemeA number of the traffic restrictions in place for the Derriford Transport Scheme are expected to be lifted before the end of the programme, bringing welcome relief to motorists.

We have been working with our contractor Amey to free up as much road space as possible, as early as possible, ahead of the scheme’s completion.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Housing and Transport, said: “We’ve been continually reviewing the works programme with Amey to get different areas of the scheme opened at the earliest possible opportunity.

“We know major works like this are disruptive and we’ve been adjusting arrangements and working at night wherever we can to reduce their impact on everyone travelling along this busy route.

“While the contract ends in May, the scheme is now expected to be substantially complete by the end of March, which means we can lift traffic restrictions earlier than originally planned. This is despite a number of unforeseen setbacks, including the discovery of phosphorous grenades and uncharted abandoned water tanks.

“Weather permitting, restrictions should be lifted on Derriford Road by Friday 22 December. This will be followed by the inbound side of Tavistock Road between Sendalls Way and William Prance Road, which should be open by the end of January. Further sections will be made available during February and by the end of March restrictions should be lifted in all areas.”

Target dates for removing traffic management are weather-dependent – if there are any changes we will issue further updates. While on-road works are expected to be substantially complete by these dates occasional localised works may be carried out at off-peak times or overnight.

Friday 22 December
Derriford Road

Friday 26 January
Tavistock Road inbound, from Sendalls Way to William Prance Road

Friday 16 February
Derriford Roundabout

Friday 23 February
William Prance Road (opened to two-way traffic but some restrictions will remain)

Monday 26 February
Tavistock Road inbound, from Derriford Roundabout to Sendalls Way

Wednesday 28 February
Tavistock Road outbound, from Budshead Road to Derriford Roundabout
Tavistock Road inbound, from William Prance Road to Budshead Road

Friday 30 March
Tavistock Road, between Derriford Roundabout and Roborough Close (both directions)
William Prance Road (all restrictions removed)

Drivers are reminded that the southbound approach to Derriford Roundabout will revert back to one lane on Wednesday 3 January. This restriction was temporarily lifted to help keep traffic moving during the busy Christmas period. The northbound lane will remain open to traffic.

The Derriford Transport Scheme is vital to delivering homes and jobs in the north of the city. The Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is contributing £10.16 million towards the £13 million scheme.

For more information see our scheme web page or email to sign up for the contractor’s fortnightly scheme updates. Traffic updates are also published on Twitter @plymhighways and @plymouthcc.