Key roads set for investment over next three years


Three years’ worth of funding for a raft of road improvement works across Plymouth is set to be approved.

Between now and 2020, over £8 million will be invested in ensuring that integral parts of the city’s road network are maintained.

As previously announced in April, work will also focus on pothole and road surface repairs by tackling damage in its early stages to reduce costs in the future.

Councillor Steven Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery said: “Our commitment to keeping Plymouth moving remains a priority.

“The highway network is Plymouth’s largest and most visible publicly owned asset and we all have a common need to use this network, whether it be for work or leisure.

“The aim of these plans is to ensure quick and seamless journeys for all users, whether you are a pedestrian, riding a bicycle, driving a vehicle, or using local transport.”

Plymouth’s road network has evolved over a very long period of time and, as such, much of it was not designed or constructed to the standards that would be expected of a newly constructed highway today. As a consequence, many local highways are less resilient to changing environments and adapt poorly to severe weather.

Work is therefore required to protect some of the most important roads and structures in order to counter deterioration and as a result, save m+oney in the future.

Places earmarked for investment include the Bretonside Viaduct, Cot Hill Bridge, the Western Approach footbridge and Crownhill Road among others. Money will also be allocated to street light repair, new road signs and drainage improvements across the city.

Advance warning signs will be put out on the roadside to let motorists know when works are due to be carried out and most will take place at night to minimise disruption to traffic.

Local residents and businesses will receive letters in advance and a customer liaison officer from Plymouth Highways contractor, South West Highways, who will consult with any businesses that may be affected. Access to properties will be maintained as far as possible and any diversion routes will be signposted.

You can view all upcoming roadworks and sign up for tailored e-alerts on our roadworks page. Updates are also issued on Twitter @plymhighways and in our weekly roadworks roundup.