£2 million scheme will improve 200 metre stretch of road outside Derriford Hospital
Plans for a £2 million project to improve bus links to Derriford Hospital have been submitted.
The 200 metre stretch of road at the entrance to the hospital, which is the second busiest bus interchange in Plymouth after Royal Parade, will be expanded.
If the plans are accepted, the one-way road will be widened to make room for two-way traffic and three additional bus stops will be put in place, Plymouth City Council says.
The nine-month scheme will create separate passenger drop-off points close to the hospital’s entrance.
The plans have been submitted by Plymouth City Council with the backing of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
If the planning application is approved, construction is planned to start in the New Year and will take around nine months.
Currently the route is a one-way road which splits into two separate lanes, one for through traffic and buses and one for drop offs and disabled parking.
If the plans go ahead, the number of bus stops will be increased from four to seven, each with shelters and real time passenger information.
Taxis and patient drop-off will be segregated from the bus interchange to reduce congestion and the impact on service reliability.
Pedestrian crossings will be provided within the interchange to link bus stops and provide access to the car parks.
A new retaining wall will be built to support the embankment below car park A and faced in Plymouth Limestone.
The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme is part of a ‘master plan’ of highway improvements which the council says will help unlock development and deliver 9,000 new jobs and 3,000 new homes in the north of the city.
Other schemes include the proposed Forder Valley Link Road, which was recently earmarked to receive £22.5 million from the Growth Fund, as well as the new Marjon Link Road, which opened in September.
The Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership – the body responsible for allocating funding for transport schemes across the region – has recognised the regional importance of the scheme with a £1.4 million award from its Growth Fund.
The remaining funding will be provided by the council and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
People can view the planning application on the Council’s website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/planningonline and the closing date for comments is Tuesday, December 22.
Staff will be at Derriford Hospital on Monday, December 7 from 9am to 1pm and Friday, December 11 from 2pm to 6pm to discuss the plans and answer any questions.