Ground investigations for Forder Valley Link Road

Specialist contractors will be carrying out ground investigations for the new Forder Valley Link Road from Monday.

Trial pits and boreholes are being dug along the proposed route of the new link road and at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction to confirm the ground conditions and help further guide the next stage of detailed design.

All works will take place on the verge or away from the carriageway so will not disrupt traffic. The surveys will be carried out between 8am and 4.30pm and run until the end of January.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “These ground investigations will help us develop more detailed designs for the new Forder Valley Link Road ahead of submitting the final business case to the Department for Transport.

“The link road will connect Forder Valley and Brest Road, creating an additional route between Derriford and the A38 and providing vital extra capacity on the road network.

“It will be key to unlocking growth in the north of the city, providing better access from the east, reducing pressure on Manadon roundabout and complementing other transport improvements in the area.”

A £22.5m funding contribution has already been earmarked by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the scheme is fully supported by the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England. A final business case is expected to be submitted to the DfT next year.