Surveys start along Plymouth Road ahead of improvement programme

Ground condition and land surveys are starting this week along Plymouth Road ahead of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme.

The programme involves junctions along Plymouth Road being upgraded and ageing traffic signals replaced with more modern, efficient and reliable equipment enabling better coordination between the junctions.

The programme aims to reduce journey times for motorists and buses and improve pedestrian safety and facilities for cyclists and is part of wider plans to reduce delays to all road users across the city and help keep the city moving as it grows.

As well as these survey works and some vegetation clearance, advance works will start from mid-February and run until the end of June.

It will include new priority signage at the Glen Road/Plymbridge Road junction, changing Longbridge Road to a priority junction. Some road markings will be removed including the bus lane on Plymouth Road outside the Lidl store and a mini-roundabout is to be installed at the top of Cot Hill at its junction with Merafield Road. Pedestrian crossings at Dingle Road and Glen Road will also be upgraded.

The main work will start in the summer and includes extending the right turn lane to Cot Hill and upgrading the junctions at Coypool Road, Woodford Avenue and Larkham Lane. More details of when and where works will be carried out for each junction will be announced as the construction programme is developed.

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

“It was important to get the views of people who live nearby or use this road. The comments we had from those who took part in the consultation last year were very much in favour of changes designed to cut queuing, particularly during rush hours as well as to make it safer 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 it 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.