Investment for major Plymouth route

A major traffic pinch-point in the east of Plymouth is set for investment.

A total of £510,000 has been allocated to further explore the feasibility of widening junctions and managing heavy traffic on the section of the A379 that runs between Pomphlett Roundabout and The Ride.

These changes will provide significant journey time improvements into and out of the city in both the morning and evening peaks, whilst providing enhanced pedestrian and cycle facilities that connect into the off-road Laira Rail Bridge cycling scheme.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “I am delighted that this important part of Plymouth is getting the investment that it needs and is being moved into the delivery phase of the strategic highway investment programme.

“Nearly 10 per cent of the city’s homes are located on the eastern side of Pomphlett roundabout so it is very important to ensure that their journey into the heart of the city is as smooth as possible and is fit for purpose for generations to come.”

Along with residents of Plymstock, Elburton and Hooe, the most significant sites that benefit from this scheme are the developments at Saltram Meadow and Sherford.

It is hoped that improvements to this section of road will also be felt in other parts of the city as motorists are tempted away from less suitable rat-runs and shortcuts.

Bus priority measures will be considered throughout the scheme, along with improved facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and general traffic. Opportunities to integrate public realm improvements and landscaping are included within the improvement proposals.

The scheme is also anticipated to provide significant noise emission benefits and also improved air quality, thanks to the improved junction performance which reduces congestion and smoothes traffic flows, reducing the stop/start nature currently experienced.

Noise emissions will be reduced further still by utilising low-noise surfacing.

The final approved scheme is likely to cost in the range of £19 million of which £7 million will be taken from section 106 funding as a result of the Sherford development.