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Crews prepared for heavy rain

Council crews have been sweeping roads, clearing gullies and checking known flooding hotspots in preparation for the heavy rain expected to hit Plymouth tonight and tomorrow night. Rain is currently forecast from around 11pm tonight until 10am, with another band of rain from around 6pm tomorrow. Teams are working throughout the day and night and […]


Severe weather warning for tonight and tomorrow

Council crews have been out today and are on standby to deal with any issues related to the strong winds and heavy rain hitting Plymouth tonight and tomorrow. The Met Office has issued two yellow wind warnings – one that is in place until midnight and another from 3am to 2pm tomorrow. People are advised […]


Severe weather warning

Council crews are on standby to deal with any issues related to the heavy rain and gales hitting Plymouth this afternoon. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning which is currently in place until midnight. People are advised to take care and not put themselves in danger around the waterfront. Known flooding hotspots […]


Plymouth geared up to keep roads moving this winter

Gritters will be out on Plymouth’s primary and secondary routes this evening, with road surface temperatures forecast to fall below freezing. Crews from the Council and SWH Group are geared up to keep the city’s roads moving in winter, monitoring the weather closely via a dedicated forecast station and two sensor stations, to ensure roads […]


Update on Highways England safety barrier works around Leigham roundabout

Highways England works to replace safety barriers on and around the Leigham roundabout will now continue until Monday 5 November. The barrier upgrade was due to finish by 6am this coming Monday but we have now been advised it is a week behind schedule. The following traffic management arrangements are in place between now and […]


Trial 30mph limit for Tavistock Road

We will be trialling a reduced speed limit of 30mph along the A386 Tavistock Road between the Manadon flyover (Outland Road) and Runway Road (north of Derriford roundabout) from Wednesday 17 October. An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order is being introduced as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme and will be valid for 18 months, with […]


Safety barrier upgrade around A38/Leigham roundabout

Work to replace safety barriers on and around the Leigham roundabout will continue until Monday 29 October. The barrier upgrade, being carried out by Highways England and the Council, sees some lane and road closures on the roundabout as well as the slip roads to and from the westbound side of the A38. Crews are […]


Overnight closures around viaduct

There will be some overnight closures on Exeter Street and the viaduct next month while excavation work continues around the British Land leisure complex. To help minimise disruption these closures will only be in place from midnight until 5am. Bus lane restrictions will also be suspended on the inbound side of Exeter Street between Bretonside […]


Next phase of resurfacing to get underway

Fifteen more Plymouth roads will get a new lease of life over the next two months as our next phase of resurfacing gets underway. The works, which begin on Monday 10 September, will take place along stretches where the overall road surface is nearing the end of its life. They are being carried out by our […]


New gradings for Plymouth’s roads

More than 100 roads in Plymouth are to be given a higher classification following a comprehensive review of the city’s network. The review has shown a number of the city’s roads are ‘under-graded’ when assessed against national guidelines and that Plymouth has fewer A and B roads compared with similar cities and the national average. […]


New vehicle fleet to keep Plymouth’s roads moving this winter

Five new multi-function vehicles will help to keep Plymouth’s roads moving this winter. The new trucks have a quick-change body, which means the chassis can be easily fitted with a gritter, tipper or ‘hotbox’ attachment for repairing defects. As well as planned construction and maintenance they can be used for more reactive works and will […]


Change of signal priorities at Outland Road, Ham Drive and Weston Park Road junction

Traffic signal priorities will be changed at the junction of Outland Road, Ham Drive and Weston Park Road this week. At the moment, traffic from Ham Drive and Weston Park Road heads onto Outland Road at the same time and drivers turning right have to give way to oncoming traffic. The signals will be changed […]


Retaining wall along Cheltenham Place

Work gets under way to repair wall on Greenbank Road

Work is getting under way to repair a retaining wall alongside one of Plymouth’s busiest roads. The masonry wall below Cheltenham Place (off Greenbank Road) was barriered off after part of it collapsed in autumn 2015 and the footway has been out of bounds ever since. Despite considerable efforts the Council has been unable to establish […]


Key roads set for investment over next three years

Three years’ worth of funding for a raft of road improvement works across Plymouth is set to be approved. Between now and 2020, over £8 million will be invested in ensuring that integral parts of the city’s road network are maintained. As previously announced in April, work will also focus on pothole and road surface […]


Council Leader Ian Bowyer, Adrian Trim (our Head of Highways, Parking and Marine Services), Councillor Ricketts and Neal Gibson (Operations Manager for SWH).

2017 resurfacing programme gets under way in Plymouth

Ninety Plymouth roads will get a new lease of life over the next 12 months as part of a £6.39 million investment in carriageway and footway repairs. Our resurfacing programme for 2017/18 will get under way on Tuesday 18 April, targeting stretches on main routes where the overall road surface is nearing the end of its […]


New road maintenance contract for Plymouth

Plymouth’s road maintenance services have now transferred to South West Highways (SWH). SWH are carrying out all day-to-day construction and maintenance works on the highway and will manage the winter roads service (which runs from the beginning of October to the end of March). All other functions are being managed by the Council, to ensure […]

Council and SWH managers outside Guildhall

Plymouth gearing up for new road maintenance contract

Preparations are progressing well for the transfer of Plymouth’s road maintenance services to South West Highways (SWH) in April. Some functions are moving back to the Council under the new contract to ensure greater control over which works are carried out where and when. Functions we will manage include: inspections, audits and road safety; co-ordination and licensing […]


Plymouth signs new highways maintenance contract

We have signed a new road maintenance contract with South West Highways (SWH). The company will take over from our current provider in April 2017 and the deal will be for an initial term of seven years, with opportunities to extend by up to three years. SWH will provide dedicated customer liaison officers as part of […]

Representatives of the Council and SWH signing the new highways contract

Plymouth appoints new highways contractor

We have appointed South West Highways as the new contractor for our highways maintenance services. Cabinet members have given the preferred bidder the green light after a rigorous procurement process and contracts are due to be signed next month, following a statutory ‘standstill’ period. South West Highways will take over from our current provider in April 2017 […]


Resurfacing works to continue into December

A five-week programme to resurface 10 of the city’s roads and Charles Cross roundabout will get under way on Sunday 15 November. The works are part of an £11.2 million repair programme that will treat two thirds of Plymouth’s strategic road network (A, B and C roads) over the next three years. More than 60 […]


Plymouth roads win national award in public satisfaction survey

We’ve won a national award for improving public satisfaction with the condition of our roads. The city has received the Outstanding Performance Award for its improvement in this year’s National Highways and Transport (NHT) Survey, which measures public satisfaction with a range of highways and transport services across the UK. It is widely regarded as the most […]


Plymouth winning its fight against potholes

We are winning our fight against potholes thanks to major investment in the city’s road network, along with a proactive repair programme and innovative machinery. Between January and June 2014, our highways contractor Amey received 4,299 reports or complaints about potholes, compared to just 867 for the same period this year – a drop of 80 […]


Extensive resurfacing programme to get under way in June

A major resurfacing programme that will repair some of Plymouth’s key arterial routes will be carried out this summer. The 18-week programme, which gets under way on Wednesday 3 June, will focus on areas of the strategic road network that are in most need of repair and see 20 of the city’s main roads and […]


Vegetation clearance at Marsh Mills

Work to remove vegetation on Marsh Mills roundabout and Plymouth Road will begin next week. The vegetation is obscuring signs, trapping litter and encroaching on the highway and needs to be removed to improve safety and visibility. Work will also include clearing scrub and returning the central reservation area to gravel. The work will start […]


Summer resurfacing programme enters final month

Major work to repair some of the most severely damaged roads in Plymouth is continuing throughout September. The 12-week programme, which got under way in June, will see 37 whole roads and large sections of road across the city resurfaced. Works also include structural reconstruction of the worst affected areas. The resurfacing and reconstruction works […]


New pothole repair machine takes to the road in Plymouth

A new machine that can repair potholes in minutes has taken to the road in Plymouth. The Roadmaster patcher is the latest weapon in Plymouth’s anti-pothole armoury and one of only 14 currently in the UK. Dubbed ‘the world’s most advanced potholing machine’, the Roadmaster is being hired for a month-long trial at a cost […]


Response to Pothole Repair Fund allocations

News that Plymouth is to receive just £359,114 from the Government’s Pothole Repair Fund has been met with anger and disappointment today. Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Once again, Plymouth has been short changed when it comes to funding for pothole repairs. “Why is it that quiet leafy roads in Devon are being awarded almost […]