Temporary lane closures coming for city centre

Drivers leaving the city centre via the viaduct at Bretonside are being asked to consider another route as more lane closures are due as part of the ongoing multi-million pound Drake Circus Leisure development.

A series of lane closures will start on Monday 28 January which are likely to have an impact on drivers leaving the city centre heading onto Exeter Street.

Contractors McLaren Construction are to carry out work on the central reservation on the viaduct to waterproof it and replace old joints.  Railings need to be removed before deteroriating concrete is taken out and a waterproof membrane put in along a 140 metre stretch of the road.  The work has been scheduled to run over eight weeks.  

A spokesperson for Plymouth City Council said: “Sorry folks, it would really help if you could take another route out of the city centre or you could face delays.

“We know it’s not ideal, but we are working closely with the contractors to keep any work that affects people’s travel habits down to a minimum.”

The city’s bus companies have been warned of the lane closures and key partners such as Drake Circus shopping mall and the City Centre Company given advanced warning so that they can plan for alternative routes.

The route into the City Centre via the Bretonside Viaduct has already been reduced to one lane with drivers encouraged to drive up Charles Street and go into the city centre via Coburg Street and Mayflower Street, drive down North Hill or via Pennycomequick.

On the plus side, the contractors hope that work on a new pedestrian crossing at Vauxhall Street will finish much earlier than expected. They hope to complete the scheme at the end of this week (week ending 25 Jan)

The spokesperson added: “People can see for themselves the incredible transformation at Bretonside. This development is going great guns and is on target to open in this year.

“It’s going to be an incredible addition to the city’s offer with a 12 screen Cineworld cinema, 15 restaurants and bars, including a sky bar with amazing views across the city – the lane closures are short term pain – but what a long term gain we will get once this complex opens.”