Plans progressing on Woolwell to the George scheme

Work is continuing on plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks.

We have allocated £450,000 for more detailed design work on a scheme to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch-point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George.

More than 30,000 vehicles use this section of Tavistock Road during the day and there are often queues and delays at peak times, caused by traffic having to merge over very short distances.

Last year we announced plans to replace Woolwell Roundabout with a signalised junction and deliver a new junction at Woolwell Crescent. Tavistock Road will also be widened to provide a dual carriageway on this section.

A significant amount of development work has already been done and this funding will support the next stages, including detailed surveys and assessments, mitigation plans and a design update to take account of any new information. This will enable a more accurate assessment of the impacts of the scheme.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure and Planning said: “This stretch is a well-known hotspot for traffic hold-ups. It’s vital we deliver infrastructure improvements on our key routes if we are to keep Plymouth moving and support new jobs and homes in the north of the city.

“This scheme will help to reduce congestion and provide better, safer journeys for everyone – including bus users, cyclists and walkers. The funding will enable us to carry out more detailed assessments, ensure the designs reflect our most up-to-date information and investigate options to increase capacity at The George Park and Ride.”

The Woolwell to the George scheme is part of a masterplan of highway improvements that will complement other schemes in the area such as the Derriford Transport Scheme and the new Forder Valley Link Road, where construction is expected to begin very soon.

The decision to allocate funding for the Woolwell to The George scheme will be published today and may be subject to call-in for scrutiny.