Drivers, bus passengers and walkers coming into Plymouth City Centre are being asked to bear in mind road changes as the Bretonside redevelopment progresses.
The first of a series of lane closures comes into effect on Tuesday 8 May with the inside lane of the inbound carriageway on Bretonside viaduct closing to allow contractors McLaren Construction to progress work on the £53 million leisure complex on behalf of British Land.
The lane closure is in addition to the inbound bus bay on the viaduct which is also closing and means that all vehicles – cars, buses and HGV vehicles – coming into the city centre via this route will have to use a single lane for the foreseeable future.
From 21 May until 25 May, a short section of the outbound lane and inside bus lane near the former post office from St Andrew’s Cross towards Charles Cross will close to trial a new road surfacing material to see how it performs on the viaduct structure. Resurfacing and re-waterproofing work will be needed along the viaduct once the leisure development is complete.
A spokesman for Plymouth City Council said: “We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to people coming in and out of the city centre. We are in constant talks with the bus companies to make sure passengers are not too put out.”
The timetable of work is also being designed to take into account key days when there is likely to be more traffic on the road.
In a nutshell for the next two months:
• If you walk: carry on, there’s no change
• If you take the bus: no change
• If you drive: try to avoid coming in via the Bretonside Viaduct – either drive up Charles Street and go into the city centre via Coburg Street and Mayflower Street, drive down North Hill or via Pennycomequick
• If you are driving to visit the Barbican, from the east follow the signs to go down Vauxhall Street or turn down Sutton Road, park near the aquarium and you can take a boat across the water.
More changes to the road layouts are on the horizon as this major redevelopment begins to transform the entrance to this part of the city centre.
From early July there will be more changes and lane closures at the top of Royal Parade around St Andrew’s Cross. More details will be available shortly.
The development, which is set to open in Autumn 2019, will be 100,000 sq.ft and comprise a 12 screen Cineworld cinema, 15 restaurants and bars, including a sky bar above the cinema to capture stunning views of the city and its coastline and 420 car park spaces. This will create a new destination for dining and entertainment in Plymouth for both locals and visitors to enjoy.