Measures being taken to alleviate congestion during works on Tavistock Road


We are taking measures to monitor traffic flow and alleviate congestion as much as possible along Tavistock Road following the temporary closure of the William Prance Road junction today.

The Tavistock Road entrance to William Prance Road is closed until September while improvement works are carried out as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. Vehicle access to this road is currently via Derriford Roundabout and Brest Road only.

The right turn into Charlton Road is also closed to northbound traffic until the winter.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning said: “We recognise the issues caused by these closures and, as with any new traffic management arrangements, we are doing everything we can to reduce their impact on all road users.

“Officers are out on site, monitoring traffic flow and looking at any adjustments that can be made to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible, including reviewing traffic light arrangements along the whole route into and out of the city

“On-street parking has already been suspended along Brest Road to allow better flow of traffic through this area and we have ensured that weekend and night working are taking place wherever possible to minimise disruption.

“Construction is being carried out in several places at the same time to minimise the overall length of the programme and we have suspended the bus lane restrictions along Tavistock Road to keep two traffic lanes open in both directions for the majority of the works.

“It does usually take a little while for drivers to adjust to new arrangements and find alternative routes and, while there were significant delays during this morning’s peak hours, we are confident things will improve.

“There were other issues affecting the road network, including a broken down vehicle on Novorossiysk Road and an accident on the A38, which would have compounded the issue earlier.

“We want to assure everyone that every effort is being made to minimise disruption but our advice is to allow extra time for journeys and find alternative routes wherever possible.

“These works are essential if we are to reduce congestion and improve public transport, walking and cycling links along this key route in the longer term.”

For more information and details of our ‘meet the team’ sessions visit our Derriford Transport Scheme page.