Major improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road and William Prance Road are nearing completion, with remaining traffic restrictions due to be lifted by Friday 30 March as planned.
The Derriford Transport Scheme will help reduce congestion along this key route and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving journey times for all users.
Extra lanes have been created, including two additional lanes on the outbound side of Tavistock Road (as it approaches Derriford Roundabout), an extra lane on the roundabout itself and an additional lane in each direction on William Prance Road.
Bus priority measures have been introduced at Derriford Roundabout and the William Prance Road junction to reduce journey times and improve service reliability.
More modern and efficient traffic signals have been installed, along with new, marked cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossings. Walking and cycling improvements have also been extended northwards along the A386 from Derriford Roundabout towards The George Park and Ride.
The scheme got under way in January 2017 and despite a number of unforeseen setbacks early in the construction, work on the carriageway will be complete by Friday, meaning traffic restrictions can be lifted.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “We’re really pleased to be lifting traffic restrictions as planned this week, especially given the terrible weather we’ve had. Everyone has been working hard to get sections open at the earliest opportunity and minimise disruption to people travelling along this busy route.
“While the contract ends in May, the scheme is now substantially complete – despite some pretty big setbacks, including the discovery of phosphorous grenades and uncharted abandoned water tanks buried within the construction site.
“The only thing left to do now is some footway surfacing that had to be delayed because of the recent weather. This will only require short sections of the bus lane to be closed outside peak hours. We will also be monitoring the scheme’s operation and dealing with any ‘snagging’ issues that arise.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while work was being carried out and again apologise for the inconvenience caused. We know it’s been disruptive but we really do need to make improvements like this to ensure our roads can cope with future demand.”
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) contributed £10.16 million towards the £13 million scheme.