Trial 30mph limit for Tavistock Road

We will be trialling a reduced speed limit of 30mph along the A386 Tavistock Road between the Manadon flyover (Outland Road) and Runway Road (north of Derriford roundabout) from Wednesday 17 October.

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order is being introduced as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme and will be valid for 18 months, with a review after the first 12 months.

A temporary 30mph limit has been in place between Budshead Road and Powisland Drive while the scheme works have been taking place but the trial will extend the length of the A386 where the 30mph limit applies.

There has been a history of collisions along this section of Tavistock Road and independent road safety audits have recommended a reduced speed limit.

The trial will mean there is a more consistent speed limit along this route and will help drivers (particularly occasional visitors) as they adjust to the major changes that have been made to the road layout as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme.

We also consider this to be a more appropriate speed limit for an area that is seeing a significant growth in the number of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “We’re introducing this experimental order to help make this busy route safer for all road users. Anyone who travels along the motorway and other major roads will know one of the best ways to ensure speed compliance is to have a consistent limit in place.”

Proposals to reduce the speed limit were included in the public consultation for the Derriford Transport Scheme but people will also be able to share their comments during the trial by emailing

The 12-month review will coincide with the usual road safety audit that is carried out a year after the completion of any major road scheme. If the trial is considered to be a success we will look at introducing a full Traffic Regulation Order.