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Millions for new road hoped to help solve Plymouth's traffic woes

Millions of pounds have been poured into a scheme to build a major new link road[1] which will alleviate congestion and bring new homes and jobs to the outskirts of Plymouth. Highways England has handed Plymouth almost GBP4.5 million for the Forder Valley Link Road project. It means a total of GBP37.84 million will go towards the huge new route that will connect the A386 at Derriford[2] to the A38 east of the city.

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The link road is part of a range of transport schemes that will encourage a number of developments and will unlock up to 651 homes and an extra 1,227 additional jobs.

The proposed one-kilometer stretch would link William Prance Road in Derriford and the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road[3].

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Specialist contractors have already begun ground investigation work on the site around Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road junction. The work will help to confirm the condition of the ground and help guide the next stage of the carriageway’s design which will start in 2018.

The work will run until the end of January between 8am until 4.30pm and no roadworks will be in place as contractors will be working on the side of the road. The road, which is expected to cost GBP37.84m, has secured approval in principle with a GBP22.5 million contribution from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “This new road is hugely important to Plymouth particularly to those who live or work in the north of the city.

An artist's impression of what the Forder Valley Link Road will look likeAn artist’s impression of what the Forder Valley Link Road will look like

“It is a massive investment and endorsement of our plans for growth and prosperity for all Plymouth’s residents. The road will be a key link in a chain of projects and developments that are all designed to bring 9,000 jobs, 4,000 homes into the north of the city. This means more money, more prospects, more places to live for our residents.

“This major link road, from the city centre to Derriford as well as on the A38, will give them more choices, quicker journey times and a smoother commute.”

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The new road will aim to reduce delays between the A38 and Derriford by providing a new route from the east to the north of the city, avoiding the busy A38 Manadon junction and the A386 Tavistock Road.

The organisations behind the Forder Valley Link Road hope that the alternative route will provide more reliability on Tavistock Road when incidents occur.

It will also improve bus routes by making a more direct route for buses which are travelling from the east of the city to Derriford.

The GBP4.5m sum was taken from the Growth and Housing Fund


  1. ^ build a major new link road (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)
  2. ^ Derriford (plymouthherald.co.uk)
  3. ^ Novorossiysk Road (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)

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