William Prance Road to re-open westbound

Left to right: Paul Fillis and Dan Thomas from contractor Amey, Jason Langley from Aecom and Councillor Patrick Nicholson.

William Prance Road will re-open westbound from the Brest Road roundabout to Tavistock Road on Wednesday 1 November, bringing welcome relief for local residents and businesses.

The first phase of works on this road is nearly complete and from Wednesday vehicles will be able to turn left onto Tavistock Road towards Crownhill or right towards Derriford Roundabout.

This will reduce the amount of traffic at the roundabout and make journeys much easier for those exiting the business park area from William Prance Road and Brest Road.

The left turn into William Prance Road from Tavistock Road will also be available, for access to the Future Inn only. The eastbound side of the road beyond Future Inn will be closed until the second phase of works is complete in Spring 2018.

The right turn into William Prance Road from Tavistock Road will also open in Spring 2018.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “We hope that the re-opening of the William Prance Road junction will ease congestion on Derriford Roundabout, particularly during the evening rush hour.

“It’s a significant milestone in the scheme and we’re delighted that motorists using that part of the area will see an improvement to their commute.

“We meet regularly with our contractor at Derriford on ways that we can make the works as pain-free as possible and will continue to do so until the scheme is finished.”

Work on the Derriford Transport Scheme is currently on track to finish as promised in Spring 2018. Teams have been working on site two to three nights a week since the works started in January and every night over the last two months (weather permitting). They will continue to do this until the work is complete.

When complete, the scheme will deliver:

  • Additional traffic lanes and bus priority measures on Tavistock Road, Derriford Roundabout and William Prance Road to improve journey times.
  • More modern and efficient traffic signals, along with new, marked cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossings.
  • Walking and cycling improvements extending northwards along the A386 from Derriford Roundabout towards the George Park and Ride.