Two sections of bus lane are to be removed from Plymouth Road as part of the Council’s Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement scheme..
The bus lane outside the Lidl store could be taken out and the lane at Coypool Road shortened under the scheme which aims to reduce journey times for drivers and improve pedestrian safety and facilities for cyclists whilst upgrading the traffic signal equipment.
Detailed traffic modelling work has been carried out along this popular commuter route and supports removing the lanes to ease traffic flow and cut queues.
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 has seen a lot of changes over the year. By removing these small sections, we hope this will make the traffic flow more easily.”
The Council is publishing a number of Traffic Regulations Orders to support the proposals for the scheme including a new mini-roundabout at the Cot Hill/Merafield Road junction. The following changes are included:
- Removal of the bus lane between the junctions of Larkham Lane and Cot Hill on the westbound Plymouth Road carriageway
- Shortening of the bus lane at Coypool Road on the westbound Plymouth Road carriageway
- New yellow box junctions on Plymouth Road at the junctions of Marsh Mills, Woodford Avenue, Cot Hill and Larkham Lane
- New pedestrian crossings at Plymouth Road at the Woodford Avenue and Larkham Lane and junctions
- New waiting restriction on Longbridge Road and at the Cot Hill at Merafield Road junction
The proposals will reduce the journey times of users along Plymouth Road and Cot Hill, updating the traffic signal controlled junctions and pedestrian crossings with modern equipment and providing pedestrian and cyclist improvements supporting the growth of the city and the new homes and jobs that are planned for Plympton over the next 15 years.
Full details of the traffic regulation orders can be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/roadsandpavements/roadclosuresandrestrictions