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Plymouth geared up to keep roads moving this winter

Gritters will be out on Plymouth’s primary 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 are pre-treated […]


Plans progressing on Woolwell to the George scheme

Work is continuing on plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks. We have allocated £450,000 for more detailed design work on a scheme to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch-point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George. More than 30,000 vehicles use this section of Tavistock Road during the day and there are often […]


Forder Valley Nature Reserve footpath closures

A small area within the Forder Valley Nature Reserve will be closed from next month while works to build a drainage pond for the Forder Valley Link Road are carried out. The entrance at the bottom of Novorossiysk Road and the two short sections of footpath linking to it will be closed from Monday 4 […]


Gearing up for main construction on Forder Valley Link Road

Blunts Lane is to close next month, for the duration of the Forder Valley Link Road works. The narrow route, which runs between Forder Valley Road and Davy Road, is going to be out of action to through traffic from Monday 23 September. The closure will be in place throughout the project, which will create […]


Crews prepared for severe weather

Council crews have been sweeping roads, clearing gullies and checking known flooding hotspots in preparation for the heavy rain and strong winds expected to hit Plymouth tonight, tomorrow and on Saturday. Yellow rain and wind warnings are in place and teams will be on standby around the clock to respond to any issues that arise. […]


Temporary closure of Blunts Lane

Blunts Lane will be closed for 14 days from Tuesday 23 July, while work gets under way to reroute utility supplies in preparation for the Forder Valley Link Road. People will still be able to access Poole Farm from Forder Valley Road but all other drivers and pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion […]


Making it easier for wheelchair users to get around Plymouth

More than 40 dropped kerb crossings have been installed or improved this year to make it easier for people in wheelchairs to get around Plymouth. We have been working with the Plymouth Area Disabled Access Network (PADAN) to identify locations where people with disabilities encounter difficulty and provide better, more accessible crossings. We are also drawing […]

Councillor Dann and Chris Watkins, Group Manager (Highways and Traffic Management) on Sussex Street

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 […]


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 […]

Artistic impression of the Forder Valley Link Road

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

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 […]


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 […]

View northwards from new junction towards the link Road

Councillor Dann views gullies being cleared in Ham Drive

Smarter steps to tackle road flooding

Smart water sensors are being trialled in gullies to help prevent flooding on Plymouth’s roads. The sensors, which have been installed in 20 locations that are prone to flooding, measure water and silt levels and use real-time weather data to send email and text alerts when there is potential for problems to arise. They can […]


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 […]


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 […]


Temporary barrier at Charlton Road junction

Work to install a temporary barrier at the right turn from Tavistock Road into Charlton Road will start on Monday 26 November. The right turn has been closed during the Derriford Transport Scheme works and will remain closed while work continues to progress a signalised upgrade of the junction. It is currently coned off but […]


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 […]


Speed limit signs on Manadon flyover and Tavistock Road

Some people have contacted us about 30mph signs that were recently put up on parts of Tavistock Road. We are intending to trial a reduced speed limit of 30mph between the Manadon flyover and Budshead Road and on the stretch between Powisland Drive and Runway Road but our contractor put up the signs too early, in […]


Plymouth Live story on city congestion

Plymouth Live are reporting today that ‘Plymouth drivers spend more time in traffic than most of the UK’. It is not helpful to compare delay times in cities against a national average that includes quiet rural roads. If you look at the data for the rest of England the average delay in Plymouth is much […]


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 […]


Traffic restrictions for Plymouth Pride

Some traffic restrictions will be in place for the Plymouth Pride parade on Saturday. The parade will leave North Cross at midday and make its way through the city centre to the festival on the Hoe. To ensure the safety of everyone taking part, as well as other road users, Royal Parade will also be […]


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 […]


Lane adjustments to improve traffic flow on Derriford Roundabout

We will be adjusting some of the lane designations on Derriford Roundabout overnight on Thursday 19 July, following initial monitoring of the new layout and feedback from drivers.  Some drivers have told us the lane designations could be clearer between Derriford Road and Looseleigh Lane and this is supported by observations from the scheme’s contractor. […]


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. […]