Subway closure on the cards

Pedestrians walking between Bretonside and Drake Circus will have to take a short detour around Charles Cross roundabout following the closure of a subway.

The underpass that runs under the Bretonside viaduct is to shut to pedestrians to enable work on the £53 million leisure development to progress. McLarens will be filling the subway and replacing it later on with a surface level crossing. Much of the structure beneath the viaduct is being retained and turned into an underground car park for the complex.

A road traffic order is being published shortly giving notice that the subway will close on Exeter Street, between Evans Cycles to Primark on July 9.

Pedestrian signs have been put up advising people on foot to walk around the roundabout using the existing crossings at the top of Exeter Street, the underpass beneath Hampton Street/Ebrington Street and the crossing outside the police station to Drake Circus.

Adrian Trim, head of Plymouth Highways said: “We hope it will not cause too much inconvenience and have signs put up already so people get used to this change. Most people who go to Drake Circus by foot come from the city centre side, but a few walk from this direction.

“We will be keeping an eye on the signalling and traffic flow to ensure that this change does not have too much of an impact.”

As well as the subway closure, more lane closures are due shortly which may affect traffic coming in and out of the city centre via Exeter Street and Royal Parade.

From 2 July to 12 August there will be single lane closures outside Turtle Bay and the former Royal Bank of Scotland building to realign curbs to create more road space and to carry out improvements to the road surface and pavements.

As there are works in this location, drivers are being asked to consider alternative routes.