Plans to transform a key route in and out of Derriford Hospital will be presented to the public at information events next week.
Morlaix Drive is currently a narrow, 300m stretch of road that links Brest Road with the hospital and provides access for the ambulance station, Brest Way and the hospital’s large multi-storey car park. It is, in parts, too narrow for vehicles to travel along in both directions.
Improvements include widening the road to allow for the flow of two-way traffic, including buses, and an upgrade of the existing narrow footway to a shared pedestrian and cycle path.
At the moment, traffic often queues along Brest Road at busy times of the day and the opening of the Forder Valley Link Road means that traffic movements and the routing of buses are set to change in the area in the next few years.
To help with this, plans show that the junction of Morlaix Drive with Brest Road will operate under new traffic lights and the northbound Brest Road entry on to Derriford Roundabout will be for buses, cyclists and emergency vehicles only.
Traffic travelling to Derriford Roundabout from Morlaix Drive will be able to do so via William Prance Road, which was recently upgraded as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. Pedestrian crossing facilities and bus stops will also be upgraded as part of the project.
Staff and visitors to the hospital will still be able to use Morlaix Drive and the southbound exit from Derriford roundabout onto Brest Road will remain open to all vehicles.
The main purpose of the scheme is to provide better bus access to Derriford Hospital and improve reliability for bus services in the north of the city, complimenting the nearby Derriford Hospital Interchange as well as the Marjon Link Road.
Two public information events will take place at Derriford Hospital main entrance foyer on Thursday 11 July from 3pm to 7pm and at Windsor House on Saturday 13 July from 10am to 2pm. Members of the project team will be available to discuss the plans and answer any questions on the scheme.
Comments from the events will be collated and fed into the final design ahead of works starting later this year.
Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet member for Strategic Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Although this seems like a small piece of the network to focus on, actually it is of massive importance to this part of the city.
“Morlaix Drive is just one part of the infrastructure improvements we need to allow sustainable growth in the north of the city to happen. It will become a key strategic route for buses, allowing direct access to the hospital via the new Forder Valley Link Road for future bus services from the east of the city. It will also facilitate faster journey times for buses to enable them to serve new communities, employment and retail sites.”
The project is being funded using £3.3m of funding already awarded by the Department for Transport through the National Productivity Investment Fund with the Council contributing around £1.4m from developer contributions.
More details on how to feedback on the scheme can be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/morlaixdrive