Traffic lights on a busy junction near the Barbican are to be replaced with a mini-roundabout as part of Council plans to keep Plymouth moving.
The junction of Notte Street and Hoe Approach currently has three signalised crossings and often gets congested with waiting traffic, particularly at peak times.
We plan to install a mini-roundabout to improve traffic flow and replace the three sets of signals with a new zebra crossing on Hoe Approach and two central refuges on Notte Street to ensure pedestrians can still cross safely.
While increasing capacity and reducing wait times through the junction, the mini-roundabout and refuges should also help to lower vehicle speeds, making it safer for walkers and cyclists.
The new crossing features will also allow pedestrians to cross safely ‘on demand’ or wherever there is a break in the traffic, rather than having to wait for lights to change.
Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “One of our priorities is to keep traffic moving and we promised to review traffic light operations as part of this.
“We’ve been working with our highways contractor Amey to look at all signal-controlled junctions and crossings and consider whether any could benefit from different measures or layouts.
“We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to remove blockages and free-up traffic flow, while always ensuring the safety of all road users.”
All of the city’s signal-controlled junctions are being assessed against criteria including their shape, capacity, traffic speed, walking and cycling facilities and public transport links.
Where there is potential for signal removal, additional work will be carried out to establish design options and costs and further locations will be announced as and when they are agreed.
Work on the Notte Street/Hoe Approach junction will begin mid to late January and is expected to take around 12 weeks. Further details will be announced nearer the time.