Taking stock of improvements on main route into city

Residents who live near or travel through Plymstock using the A379, including Billacombe Road and Elburton Road, are being asked to help us take stock of recent road improvements.

A three-week engagement starting on 20 November will ask local people to give feedback about how the road improvements have affected them and if there are any changes that could further improve travel along the road. This feedback will form part of a review of how this important route is working for all road users.

Given the scale of house building taking place to the east of the city the review looks at the A379 between Pomphlett roundabout and Elburton roundabout and the large and small-scale improvements that were designed to create extra road space, improve traffic flow and increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as drivers and bus passengers.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “Residents have seen a lot of change along this road. Understandably there have been frustrations while work has been going on, but now the schemes have bedded in we want a bit of time to take stock and find out whether residents and road users have felt the benefit of the changes. For instance, there has been a mixed view within the Plymstock community over the use of the dual carriageway and hatching on the A379 restricting traffic in part to a single lane. This engagement will also give the public an opportunity to comment on this and propose any changes that the City Council should consider.”

Key changes along the A379 include:

  • A new cycle link between Saltram Meadow and a new bridge across The Ride
  • Conversion of Stanborough Cross to a signalised junction ahead of the Sherford development
  • A 30mph speed limit to improve safety and the flow of traffic
  • A new junction at Haye Road/Sherford Main Street to serve Sherford
  • New toucan crossing at Broxton Drive to improve access to Saltram Meadow.

More changes are in the pipeline including a new junction on Billacombe Road at the entrance to Saltram Meadow to allow for better access and increased traffic coming from the new housing development. There are also plans for a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the A379 linking Saltram Meadow and Pomphlett Primary School via Blackberry Lane.

Councillor Nicholson added: “Our long-term plan is to encourage more people to use buses, walk or cycle, but we are in a chicken and egg situation – until we build the right infrastructure, such as cycle lanes and paths, people will stay in their cars but we also don’t want to make motorists feel frustrated. It is about finding the right balance – which is why listening to the people who use this route day in, day out is important.”

We will be encouraging residents and road users to share feedback online from Monday 20 November or take the opportunity to talk face-to-face with transport officers and Plymstock ward councillors at Plymstock Library on the following dates:

  • Thursday 23 November, 3 to 7pm
  • Saturday 25 November, 10 to 2pm
  • Wednesday 29 November, 10 to 2pm

The engagement will run from Monday 20 November to Sunday 10 December.

Feedback forms will also be made available at Plymstock Library and on request. These must received by the closing date.