Traffic on Royal Parade could be slower next week


Traffic on Royal Parade is likely to be slow moving for a few days next week to enable a trial to be carried out on Bretonside viaduct.

From 21 May until 25 May, a short section of the outbound lane and bus lane near the former post office from St Andrew’s Cross towards Charles Cross will close so that contractors can test a new road surfacing material.

The trial is being carried out by South West Highways to see how the material performs on the viaduct as resurfacing and re-waterproofing work will be needed along this stretch of road once the leisure development is complete.

The closures are being kept to a minimum and signs warning about the lane closures will be going up along Royal Parade.

  • Monday – 7pm to 6am
  • Tuesday – 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday – 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Thursday – 9.30am to 3.30pm

The contractors hope to be off site and signs removed by Friday lunchtime.

The inside lane of the inbound carriageway on Bretonside viaduct has been closed since the beginning of the month to enable contractor McLarens to work on the £53 million leisure complex. So far, the team in charge of the city’s road network have not reported any issues.

Head of Highways Adrian Trim said: “We are trying to keep changes to our road network to a minimum and where we can, work outside of peak times.

“There are more changes on the way as this major redevelopment begins to take shape so we are meeting regularly and working hard with businesses, bus companies and organisations such as the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and the City Centre Company so that people can make allowances for them.”

From early July there will be more changes and lane closures at the top of Royal Parade around St Andrew’s Cross to allow for the roads and pavements to be realigned.

More details will be made available nearer the time including suggested diversion routes for pedestrians.