Next step for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for major transport improvements in the north of the city have taken another step forward with the approval of funding to develop the Forder Valley Link Road scheme.

The scheme will unlock growth in Derriford – one of the three major growth areas in Plymouth – by supporting desperately needed homes for hundreds of families, new jobs and a 100-acre country park in Derriford.

At the heart of the proposal is the construction of a new one-kilometre road between the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction and Brest Road, creating an additional route between Derriford and the A38 and creating vital extra capacity on the road network.

The link road will also provide better access from the east, including the new community in Sherford, reduce pressure from the amount of traffic on Manadon roundabout and complement other planned transport improvements for Derriford.

Once complete, it will offer a faster route to Derriford Hospital, which is one of only 16 critical care hospitals in the country and the only one west of Bristol.

The project is anticipated to cost approximately £33.5m, with a £22.5m contribution having already been earmarked by the Department for Transport (DfT). The scheme is fully supported by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “This is the single biggest transport scheme for the city for many years and we are really grateful that the Local Enterprise Partnership and Department for Transport appreciate how important it is to the city’s growth.

“We are pleased to be able to put our money where our mouth is and demonstrate our commitment to the scheme by funding the upfront development costs this coming financial year. This link will help unlock the delivery of thousands of jobs, nearly 3,000 homes – including the new Seaton neighbourhood – and a community park, with a farm, in the north of the city.”

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “This is one of the biggest transport schemes we’ve planned. Not only is it unlocking land for homes and jobs, it will create a better, more convenient route to Derriford from the east, cut congestion and keep traffic moving as our city grows.”

The Council has approved development costs of £1.1m, which will cover the significant work required to develop the detail of the scheme and produce a business case for submission to the DfT. This development work will include detailed scheme design and a full planning application, including an environmental impact assessment, public consultation, traffic surveys and modelling, tendering and procurement.

DfT funding is subject to approval of the business case, expected to be submitted to the Department for Transport next spring. If the plans are approved, construction is expected to begin in the 2017/18 financial year and take around two years to complete.