Preferred proposals for improving traffic flow along Plymouth Road

People are being asked to share their views on preferred proposals for improving traffic flow along the B3416 Plymouth Road, from Marsh Mills to Glen Road.

The Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme aims to reduce journey times for motorists and buses and improve pedestrian safety and facilities for cyclists.

By reducing delays along this busy route the scheme should also help to discourage rat-running through the Woodford area.

The junctions along Plymouth Road, including Woodford Avenue and Larkham Lane, will be reviewed and ageing traffic signals replaced with more modern, efficient and reliable equipment.

The right hand turn lane into Cot Hill from Plymouth Road will be lengthened to prevent the overspill of the queue to turn right at this junction that often blocks traffic heading east towards Plympton and make better use of the two straight ahead lanes.

The scheme also includes improvements to the junction of Cot Hill and Merafield Road, to reduce the queueing that often occurs on Cot Hill during peak times.

Comments received during our initial consultation earlier in the year have been considered in developing the preferred proposals.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “Plymouth Road is a key route for people travelling into the city from the east and it is crucial to keep traffic flowing and support greener travel as Plymouth continues to grow.

“These improvements will reduce queueing, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours and make it safer and easier for people to walk and cycle along this busy road.”

The Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements are part of wider plans to reduce delays to all road users across the city and help keep the moving as it grows. Other major schemes that will support Plymouth’s Eastern Corridor Growth Area include the planned Forder Valley Link Road and a new Park and Ride off the A38 at Deep Lane.

People can view the preferred proposals at two consultation events being held at St Peter’s Lutheran Church Hall, Larkham Lane:

  • Tuesday 14 November, 3.30pm to 6.30pm
  •  Friday 17 November, 9am to midday

Comments can be shared at the consultation events or by:

The closing date for comments is Friday 24 November.

For more information call 668000 or email