Improved walking and cycling links between Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge


We’re inviting feedback on planned walking and cycling improvements between the Barbican and the Laira Rail Bridge.

The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better signage and new lighting.

Improvements will be made on a number of roads including Teats Hill Road, Clovelly Road, Finnigan Road and Faraday Road, as well as Breakwater Hill, where benches will be installed so that people can stop and rest while enjoying spectacular views over Plymouth Sound.

Bollards will also be installed on Breakwater Hill to ensure that no unauthorised vehicles can be driven onto the path but allow access for people using mobility scooters.

The proposals include a minor extension of the 20mph speed limit to include an additional length of Teats Hill Road, as well as Commercial Ope.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “These improvements will make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle between our beautiful waterfront and the east of the city. They will also complement the phased improvements we’re making from the popular Laira Rail Bridge link out to Plymstock.”

If approved, works are expected to start in January and should be completed in the spring. The improvements will be fully funded through the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Transport Board and Section 106 developer contributions. 

It is hoped that future plans will see further enhancements between Cattedown Road and Finnigan Road, which will be open for consultation in Summer 2018.

To view the plans and provide feedback see our Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge page. Comments must be received by Friday 1 December.

We are continuing to support Sutton Harbour Holdings and the Environment Agency in their efforts to get the Sutton Harbour lock bridge back in operation as soon as possible.