Tag Archives : walking


Plymotion grants up for grabs

Employers across the city are being invited to bid for grants to provide either facilities or initiatives to enable their staff to travel to work either by bike, on foot or by bus. Match funded grants of up to £5,000 are being made available through Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion at Your Workplace programme to provide […]


Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow walking and cycling link

Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow link complete

The latest section of a walking and cycling route connecting Laira and Plymstock is now complete. A new four-metre-wide path from Laira Rail Bridge gives walkers and cyclists an off-road, level and direct route into the Saltram Meadow housing development. The final link connecting the path with Saltram Meadow will soon be built by Persimmon […]


£1.497 million funding boost for Plymotion

We have secured almost £1.5 million from the Department for Transport to continue our successful Plymotion green travel programme for another three years. We are one of 25 councils across the country to be awarded a share of £60 million from the Sustainable Travel Access Fund, for local projects that support access to employment, education and […]


Work starts on new link from Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow

Work to create a walking and cycling route connecting Laira Rail Bridge and the new Saltram Meadow housing estate will start on Monday 14 November. The link will provide a traffic-free alternative to this stretch of Laira Bridge Road and Billacombe Road and help to reduce congestion along the A379. Department for Transport figures show […]


Proposed changes to traffic calming on Central Park Avenue

We will shortly be advertising plans to replace the new priority give way feature (traffic island) on Central Park Avenue with three speed humps. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery says he has received ongoing complaints about the island, which was introduced earlier in the year as part of the Station to […]

Councillor Ricketts with traffic island in Central Park Avenue

Another walking and cycling link for Eastern Corridor

Plans for a walking and cycling route connecting Laira Rail Bridge and the new Saltram Meadow housing estate have been submitted by the Council. The link will provide pedestrians and cyclists with a traffic-free alternative to this stretch of Laira Bridge Road and Billacombe Road and therefore help to reduce congestion along the A379. Around […]


New zebra crossing for Lipson Road

We’ve provided a new pedestrian crossing on Lipson Road to make it safer and easier for people to get to Freedom Fields Park. The new zebra crossing has been installed by our highways contractor Amey, together with a new section of footway and dropped kerbs. A recent pedestrian count showed that 1,350 people, including 194 children, […]

Councillor Brian Vincent using the new pedestrian crossing on Lipson Road

Work starts on walking and cycling improvements between rail station and Central Park

Work to improve walking and cycling links between Plymouth’s rail station and Central Park will soon get under way. The scheme, which will complement improvements already made around the station, will address many of the challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians, including those with visual impairments. Improvements, which have been agreed following consultation with more […]


Funding boost for walking and cycling improvements on eastern corridor

Plymouth City Council has secured £3.42 million to improve walking and cycling links along the city’s eastern corridor. The funding, which will be supplemented by £1.49 million of Section 106 funding from the new Sherford and Saltram Meadow developments, has been awarded by the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership’s Local Transport Board. […]


Left to right: Sandra Pentney from the Council, Hannah Jones, John Scott, Simon Newens and Jim Wright from SWH Civils and Councillor Philippa Davey, the Council’s Cycling Commissioner

Improved walking and cycling links between Plym Valley and Saltram

Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Plym Valley Trail and Saltram Countryside Park is now complete. The scheme includes a new off-road link directly into the trail from Coypool Road and improvements to the path running underneath Plymouth Road, as well new and improved crossings for walkers and cyclists. It was awarded […]


Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme now complete

The second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme is now complete. A bridge has been installed over The Ride to extend the popular new link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock and a permanent access ramp has been built. The work, which also included fabrication of the bridge and making […]


Help finalise transport improvement plans for Derriford

Detailed plans for improving traffic flow in the Derriford area will be on public display next week. The Derriford Transport Scheme, which will see improvements on the A386 Tavistock Road, aims to reduce congestion and create more road capacity for the extra traffic that will be generated by proposed developments in the area. It will […]


New bridge ready to be installed over The Ride

Work to install a new bridge over The Ride will get under way this week. The bridge, which is the second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge scheme, will extend the popular new pedestrian and cycle link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock. Laira Rail Bridge will be closed from Wednesday 26 August while […]


New pedestrian safety improvements for Octagon roundabout and Millbay

Work to install new pedestrian safety measures at the Octagon roundabout and around the new Plymouth School of Creative Arts will get under way on Monday 24 August. The scheme is being funded by developer contributions as one of the planning conditions for the school and will help to improve access and safety for pedestrians […]


Plymouth’s iconic Laira Rail Bridge re-opens as new walking and cycling link

Plymouth’s iconic Laira Rail Bridge has been opened to the public today, after lying derelict for 28 years. A £3.5 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, has breathed new life into the former rail bridge by converting it into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym. […]


Funding boost for walking and cycling links between Plym Valley and Saltram Park

We’ve been awarded £242,000 to improve walking and cycling links between the Plym Valley Trail and Saltram Countryside Park. The funding forms part of a larger award made by the Department for Transport’s Cycle Ambition Fund to Devon County Council’s ‘Granite and Gears’ project, which aims to improve cycling access to Dartmoor from across the county. […]


Improvements for walking and cycling routes to and from Derriford

Plymouth City Council has been awarded £2.46 million from the Department for Transport to improve walking and cycling routes to and from the Derriford area. The project will see a total investment of £3.51 million over the next five years and deliver more than four kilometres of the city’s Strategic Cycle Network. Improved on- and […]


The new Laira Rail Bridge link in progress

Halfway point reached on Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Work to refurbish Plymouth’s disused Laira Rail Bridge has now reached the halfway point. The £3.5 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will see the former rail bridge restored and converted into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym. Built in 1887, Laira Rail Bridge stopped […]


Lowered kerbs to make getting around easier

Getting around Ham has got a little bit easier for people in wheelchairs, mobility scooters and parents with prams.   A series of drop kerbs have been installed at various points along the busy Wolseley Road, thanks to funding from the Council’s Living Streets and Safer School Journeys scheme.   Council leader Tudor Evans, who […]


Top marks for Plymouth’s Bike It Plus schools

The 2013/14 Bike It Plus results are in and Plymouth schools have increased regular cycling and scooting and reduced the number of children regularly driven to school. Bike It Plus encourages children, parents and staff to travel actively to school through fun activities, safety advice and promotional events. The Plymouth programme is delivered by the […]


Work complete on cycling and walking route from Central Park to Honicknowle

Work to provide an improved cycling and walking route between Central Park and Honicknowle is now complete. Part-funded by the Department for Transport through its Cycle Safety Fund (which is administered by Sustrans), the scheme will allow more people to discover, or rediscover, the joys of cycling. Designed by Plymouth City Council’s highways contractor Amey, […]


Getting waterfront into gear for cyclists

Families will soon be able to enjoy some of the best views in the city from their saddles, thanks to improvements being made along Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront cycle route. Work on the route, which is part of National Cycle Network Route 27 and connects the Barbican, the Hoe, Millbay and Royal William Yard, will begin […]


Walking and cycling improvements from rail station to Central Park

Plymouth City Council is consulting on proposals to improve walking and cycling links between the rail station and Central Park. The proposals, which link in with improvements recently made around the station itself, will address challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians, including those with visual impairments. They include: new sections of off-road cycle route on […]


Bugs on bikes on the trail

  Bugs on bikes, giant metallic dragonflies lurking in the bushes are just some of the stunning sculptures waiting to be spotted along the Saltram and Plym Valley Heritage Trail. The final stage of the first phase of the Saltram and Plym Valley Heritage Trail is now complete, with six sculptural benches now in place. The […]


Plymouth secures ‘smarter travel’ funding for the Derriford area

Plymouth City Council has successfully secured £0.71 million from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to support sustainable travel in two of the city’s growth areas. Plymouth’s scheme is one of 44 across the country that will receive a share of £64 million of investment from the Department for Transport (DfT) to deliver environmental, […]


Work to restart on city centre walking and cycling link

The final phase of work to provide an improved walking and cycling route between Exeter Street and North Cross will get under way on Monday 7 July. Originally scheduled to finish earlier this year, the project was delayed by unrelated third party emergency works on Tothill Avenue. Part of the Council’s Plymotion scheme, the improvements […]


New Walking Guide for Co-operative Way

Plymouth’s hidden nature reserves and fascinating fortresses take centre stage in a new walking guide for the Co-operative Way. Plymouth City Council has updated a guide for the 15-mile circular walking route which runs around the north of the city. The Co-operative Way was initially established by the Plymouth and West Devon Co-operative Society in […]


Work starts on Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Work to breathe new life into Plymouth’s disused Laira Rail Bridge is now under way. The £3.1 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will see the former rail bridge restored and converted into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym. Built in 1887, the Laira Rail […]


New steps open on South West Coast Path at Jennycliff

We’ve installed new steps on the South West Coast Path near Jennycliff Bay, as part of a £24,000 repair programme for the popular walking route. The previous wooden steps, which had deteriorated considerably since they were installed in 1998, have been replaced with new steps made of recycled composite plastic, which is more resistant to […]