Main work set to start on Derriford Transport Scheme

Major improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road and William Prance Road will get under way on Tuesday 3 January.

The Derriford Transport Scheme will reduce congestion along Tavistock Road and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving journey times for all users.

Extra lanes will be created and bus priority measures will be introduced at Derriford Roundabout and the William Prance Road junction to reduce journey times and improve service reliability. Modern and efficient traffic signals will be installed, along with new, marked cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossings. Walking and cycling improvements will also extend northwards along the A386 from Derriford Roundabout towards The George Park and Ride.

Amey will be carrying out the works, which will take place between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and on the occasional Saturday between 8.30am and 1pm.

The aim is to keep two traffic lanes open in both directions along Tavistock Road for the majority of the time to keep traffic flowing and minimise disruption. To allow this, the bus lanes on both sides of the road between Budshead Road and Derriford Roundabout will be suspended throughout the works, so they can be used by all traffic.

Some overnight closures will be needed to help minimise disruption to traffic flow during the day – these will be advertised in advance using notices on site.

The speed limit will be reduced from 40mph to 30mph throughout the works and there will be no right turn into Charlton Road from Tavistock Road between March and December. Northbound vehicles will need to go around Derriford Roundabout and travel back down Tavistock Road to access this Charlton Road.

A route through the road works has been agreed with the emergency services to ensure blue light vehicles are not impacted upon.

From March to September, the Tavistock Road entrance to William Prance Road will be closed and access will only be available via Brest Road.

The scheme will take around 15 months to complete. Anyone travelling along this route is advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “The A386 is the main route to and from the north of the city – including Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and the Plymouth Science Park. It is often congested, especially at peak times and future growth in the area will put even more pressure on this busy part of our transport network. This scheme, together with our other planned infrastructure improvements, will help to keep traffic moving, improve bus journey times and reliability and provide better walking and cycling facilities along this key route.”

Derriford is identified in the Joint Local Plan as a key area to deliver growth in housing, employment and associated infrastructure for the city and is undergoing vast change. A vision to establish a new heart for the north of the city was first proposed in Plymouth’s Core Strategy in 2007.

Central to this vision is a transport network that can connect people to new homes, jobs and leisure and health facilities. The Derriford Transport Scheme is part of a master plan of highway improvements that will help to achieve this and deliver jobs and homes in the north of the city.

The Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is contributing £10.16 million towards the £12.72 million scheme.

For further information on the scheme and the traffic management plans see our Derriford Transport Scheme page.