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Plymouth Herald story on Forder Valley Link Road

The Plymouth Herald ran a front-page headline on Saturday 18 May, warning that the ‘route between Marsh Mills and Estover’ would be closed during work on the new Forder Valley Link Road. We would like to make it clear that the section of Forder Valley Road that will be closing next year is the stretch between […]


First look at detailed plans for Forder Valley Link Road

Residents and businesses along or near the Forder Valley will this week hear about how one of the city’s biggest ever infrastructure schemes will affect them. A series of public information events is taking place to give people the low down on the Forder Valley Link Road and how it will be built. The new […]


Recommended contractor announced for Forder Valley Link Road

A report recommending Balfour Beatty as the main contractor for Plymouth’s new Forder Valley Link Road will be considered by our Cabinet on Tuesday 5 March. The international infrastructure group has been selected via a public sector procurement framework, having already advised on the feasibility, design and pre-construction stages of the scheme. It will deliver […]


Artistic impression of the Forder Valley Link Road

DfT confirms £22.56m investment in Forder Valley Link Road

We’re celebrating news that a £22.56 million investment earmarked for the Forder Valley Link Road has been confirmed by the Department for Transport (DfT). The business case for the scheme, which will create a much-needed second route between the A38 and Derriford avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout, has now been approved. The Forder Valley […]


Tree planting on a massive scale gets underway

Councillors Sue Dann and Mark Coker have planted the first of 14,500 trees destined for the Forder Valley as part of the programme of work to build the long-awaited link road. An oak sapling and 20 other trees including aspen, hawthorn, blackthorn and black poplar have been planted today as part of a wider landscaping […]

Councillors Sue Dann and Mark Coker planting trees on the Forder Valley site, with Natural Infrastruture Officer Chris Avent and Strategic Transport Programme Co-ordinator Steve Flaxton

View northwards from new junction towards the link Road

Work starts on Forder Valley Link Road

Enabling works for the Forder Valley Link Road will get under way next week. To enable the main construction works to start later in the year, our contractors will be undertaking some enabling works alongside setting up their site compound. There will be a lane closure on the southbound approach to Forder Valley Road on […]


Forder Valley Link Road takes next major step

Plymouth’s Forder Valley Link Road has reached another major milestone, with the final business case being given the green light for submission to Department for Transport (DfT).  After months of detailed planning and design work the business case will be submitted in January and hopefully release a £22.56 million investment earmarked for the scheme. The […]


Companies line up as keys are handed over to Council

The keys to a key site at Plymouth’s newest business park have been handed over. The next phase of Hearder Court is now ready for business and was handed over to the Council following a 10-month building project. The 2,830 square metres speculative scheme was being handed over by Mark Wildman, Managing Director of Ryearch […]


Green light to work up transport plans

A multi-million pound package of schemes to help people get to and from work in Plymouth and the wider travel to work area more easily and more quickly has been shortlisted for funding by the Department of Transport. Plymouth is one 10 cities to be given the green light to work up more detailed plans […]


Building on the foundations of The Range’s success

The steels have gone up on site at the new headquarters for one of Plymouth’s best-known brands. Work is progressing on the new office block for CDS (Superstores International Ltd), the firm behind The Range Stores. The company, which started here, now has 158 stores across the UK and Ireland, and has invested up to […]


Green light for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been granted planning permission. The multi-million pound scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 […]


More industrial units, more jobs, more prosperity on cards for Plymouth

More jobs are on the horizon for Plymouth thanks to new factory space being built in Belliver. Council leader Tudor Evans announced that the Council would be investing £2.4 million into creating brand new facilities at Broadley Park Industrial Estate. He said: “We have land lying empty on an industrial site, we have businesses clamouring […]


Derriford Transport Scheme update

Carriageway works for the Derriford Transport Scheme are substantially complete and traffic restrictions were lifted overnight on Thursday 29 March as planned. As explained previously, there is still some footway surfacing to be carried out but this will only require short sections of the bus lane to be closed outside peak hours. Crews also need […]


Representatives of the Council, Aecom and contractor Amey at Derriford

Derriford Transport Scheme nears completion

Major improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road and William Prance Road are nearing completion, with remaining traffic restrictions due to be lifted by Friday 30 March as planned. The Derriford Transport Scheme will help reduce congestion along this key route and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving journey times for […]


First Oceansgate tenants announced as Phase 1 reaches completion

The first tenants to move into Oceansgate have been announced at the official opening ceremony for Phase 1. Surejust, Trend Marine and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be the first to move into the new development in Devonport, Plymouth. Oceansgate is transforming disused Ministry of Defence land in South Yard into the UK’s […]


Plans submitted for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been submitted. The proposed scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 Tavistock Road. This […]


Reminder about work on Plymouth Road

Vegetation on Plymouth Road at the Marsh Mills and Larkham Lane junctions will be cleared over the next two weeks as part of advance works for the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme. The work will start on Monday 19 February but will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm to avoid the busiest traffic times. Investigative […]


Public examination for Joint Local Plan to start next week

    Some of the key issues to affect life in Plymouth and the surrounding areas will come under the scrutiny of planning inspectors over the coming weeks. A public examination is due to start on Tuesday 30 January to look at the detail of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, which […]


Partners buoyed by constructive devolution meeting

Devolution proposals to push the South West’s growth ambitions have stepped up a gear with a positive meeting between partners and key civil servants. Leaders and Chief Executives representing local authorities from Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and East Devon alongside the Local Enterprise Partnership met with senior officials from the Department for Business, Energy […]


Map showing removal of traffic restrictions for Derriford Transport Scheme

Derriford traffic restrictions to be lifted early

A number of the traffic restrictions in place for the Derriford Transport Scheme are expected to be lifted before the end of the programme, bringing welcome relief to motorists. We have been working with our contractor Amey to free up as much road space as possible, as early as possible, ahead of the scheme’s completion. Councillor […]


Forder Valley Link Road ground investigations

We would like to make it clear that work is not starting on the new Forder Valley Link Road scheme today, as has been reported by some media. The scheme design is yet to be finalised and the final business case is still to be submitted. Specialist contractors are digging trial pits and boreholes from this […]


Ground investigations for Forder Valley Link Road

Specialist contractors will be carrying out ground investigations for the new Forder Valley Link Road from Monday. Trial pits and boreholes are being dug along the proposed route of the new link road and at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction to confirm the ground conditions and help further guide the next stage of detailed […]


William Prance Road to re-open westbound

William Prance Road will re-open westbound from the Brest Road roundabout to Tavistock Road on Wednesday 1 November, bringing welcome relief for local residents and businesses. The first phase of works on this road is nearly complete and from Wednesday vehicles will be able to turn left onto Tavistock Road towards Crownhill or right towards […]


Over 150 jobs to be created for city with Next new store

Work has started on a new 7,000 square metre Next store at the city’s Marsh Mills Gateway retail park. Over 150 jobs will be created as the multi-million pound project, which once complete, will strengthen the city’s position as a regional shopping destination. The brownfield site, which was recently acquired by Plymouth City Council, has […]


Vote for your favourite new building in the Abercrombie Awards

Some of Plymouth’s best new buildings will be in the spotlight at the city’s Abercrombie Awards – and the public get to pick their favourite. Members of the public are being asked to vote for their favourite building or space in the People’s Award, which can be chosen from any one of the buildings or […]


Update on works on William Prance Road

Work at the junction of William Prance Road and Tavistock Road is expected to finish in around a month. Part of the Derriford Transport Scheme, this work was originally programmed to finish by the end of this month but we have had to deal with a number of unforeseen setbacks, including the discovery of an unused asbestos […]


Update on measures to alleviate congestion during Derriford roadworks

We are continuing to monitor traffic flow and adjust arrangements to alleviate congestion as much as possible while work is carried out on the Derriford Transport Scheme. An additional lane will be opened on the northbound approach to Derriford Roundabout (after Sendall’s Way) from tomorrow (Saturday 22 April), following the recent adjustment to traffic lights to […]


£266 million investment in city’s future announced

A multi-million pound investment to transform the look and feel of the city centre is being planned as part of an ambitious £266 million investment programme. The Cabinet is being asked to approve up to £27 million for the scheme in the capital budget – the Council’s fund used to invest in the city, in […]


Combination of growth and change helps balance books

A combination of encouraging growth across Plymouth and changing how services are run is helping to balance the books and set the city in the right direction. Cabinet will meet on 7 February to consider the latest budget report ahead of it being considered at Council on Monday 27 February. The report highlights a sharply […]


Ground investigation surveys on Plymouth Road

Ground investigation surveys are being carried out on Plymouth Road in Plympton from Monday 23 January, in preparation for the first phase of works to upgrade junctions and reduce congestion along the Eastern Corridor. Specialist contractors will be digging trial pits and boreholes to confirm the ground conditions before the next stage of design gets […]