Pedestrians coming into Plymouth City Centre from Exeter Street are being reminded to use the pavement next to Drake Circus as the footpath directly above Bretonside will close from Monday.
The southern footway on the viaduct and the bus lane – which has two bus stops – will be out of action to allow the next stage of the Bretonside redevelopment to progress.
The Council has been in discussions with the bus companies and is setting up a temporary bus stop on the south side of Royal Parade between St Andrew’s Cross and the A1 stop.
This will be a setting down only stop for Citybus and Stagecoach services which would otherwise carry on down to stops A6 and A7 i.e. beyond Armada Way. The bus stop flag will be marked ‘Setting Down Only’ so both drivers and customers are aware.
Services setting down on the new stop will be Citybus 5/5A from Plymstock and Stagecoach 2/2A, 3 and 48 from Plymstock and the GOLD and X38. Citybus services 23 and 24 will also set down on the new stop on Saturdays only as the route differs from the weekday route.
This stop will break up the gap between Jurys Inn and stops A6 and A7 and provide a convenient setting down point for people wanting to visit Drake Circus and the top end of the city centre.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “We are keen to do all we can to make sure shoppers and businesses do not feel too inconvenienced while this incredible project – which will transform this part of the city centre – gets built.”
City Centre Manager Steve Hughes said: “It’s good to see the Council and the bus companies working together actively finding solutions to make it easier for people to pop in and enjoy the city centre and Drake Circus.”
The temporary bus stop will be restricted to the services mentioned. All other buses must use their scheduled stops on Royal Parade. Citybus and Stagecoach will inform their drivers. This situation will be monitored by the Council and the bus operators while it beds in.
The closures notices were published before Christmas to give people plenty of warning about the changes. It will enable the steel work – which forms the frame of the development – to get underway. It is expected that footpath will remain closed for around a year, subject to progress of the project.