Work starts on Forder Valley Link Road


View northwards from new junction towards the link Road

View northwards from new junction towards the link Road

Enabling works for the Forder Valley Link Road will get under way next week.

To enable the main construction works to start later in the year, our contractors will be undertaking some enabling works alongside setting up their site compound.

There will be a lane closure on the southbound approach to Forder Valley Road on Novorossiysk Road for 19 days starting from Monday 28 January, but this will only be during off-peak hours. This will allow the set-up of a site access route into the working area and to accommodate machinery and materials. Two-way traffic will be maintained using a contraflow on the northbound carriageway.  To help keep traffic moving at the busiest times, this lane closure will only be in place between 9.30am to 3.30pm on Monday to Friday but also throughout the weekends.

The footway on the southbound side of Novorossiysk Road will also be closed while the lane closure is in place, with a signed diversion via the northbound side.

The Forder Valley Link Road creates a second route between the A38 and Derriford, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon roundabout and A386 Tavistock Road through Crownhill. It will help reduce journey times to and from key destinations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and the Plymouth Science Park.

Providing this second route will also help improve reliability of bus services that use the existing A386 Northern Corridor, whilst also providing alternative safer routes for cyclists and pedestrians.

Together with the major investments such as the Derriford Transport Scheme, the Derriford Hospital Interchange, the new Marjon Link Road and the planned widening of the A386 between Woolwell Roundabout and The George Park and Ride, the Forder Valley Link Road is another part of the infrastructure jigsaw that is key to unlocking 4,300 new homes and a new district centre with shops, community, leisure and health facilities. These are all part of the planned growth for northern Plymouth over the next 15 years set out in the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan.

Outline planning permission for the scheme was granted in December 2013 with a further detailed approval in July 2018.