Funding boost for Plymouth transport schemes

Two of Plymouth’s key transport projects have received a significant funding boost.

The Department of Transport has earmarked over £8 million to help fund Forder Valley Interchange highway improvements and the Morlaix Drive Public Transport Scheme.

Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “This really is fantastic news for Plymouth and I am absolutely delighted that the Department for Transport has recognised the importance of these two schemes.

“Both Forder Valley and Morlaix Drive are crucial to supporting large-scale growth in the north and east of the city by improving connectivity with the trunk and local road network.

“It will also improve journey time and the reliability for bus services and will improve economic productivity by reducing travel times.”

The money has been awarded following two National Productivity Investment Fund bids submitted by Plymouth City Council with £5 million going towards Forder Valley and a further £3.3 million toward Morlaix Drive. 

The Forder Valley Interchange scheme will provide additional highway capacity through the localised widening of Forder Valley Road. 

The proposals include improving and extending the substandard merge from the roundabout heading northbound on to Forder Valley Road and accommodating an additional lane on the southbound approach to the roundabout, as well as enhancing the pedestrian and cycle facilities. 

The improvements will increase capacity and allow traffic to flow more smoothly, relieving congestion and queueing which currently extends backs onto the roundabout circulatory and down the A38 westbound off-slip. It provides extra added value to the Forder Valley Link Road scheme, improving a new, alternative link to the north of the city and relieving pressure on the A38, particularly at Manadon.

Meanwhile, the Morlaix Drive scheme involves widening of the carriageway to create a new link for buses. This will, improve access to Derriford Hospital and the recently built bus interchange. 

It is a critical part to the public transport network to support increased and reliable travel by bus and thus the sustainable growth of the city.  

More information on both schemes can be found here