VIDEO | How new congestion-cutting Plymouth road will look
A new fly-through video of the hotly-anticipated, congestion-killing Forder Valley Link Road has been released.
The video, which you can watch above, offers drivers a glimpse of the future and shows in detail how major changes will benefit the city’s congested road network.
Set to begin next year and take two years to complete, the £33m Forder Valley Link Road and £7.9m Forder Valley roundabout improvements will see major changes to the city’s transport network in the Forder Valley and Derriford area.
The link road is a proposed one-kilometer stretch linking William Prance Road in Derriford and the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road.
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.
A spokesman for Plymouth City Council said: “The scheme will improve accessibility for vehicles, buses, cyclists and pedestrians to key destinations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St. Mark and St. John and the Plymouth Science Park.”
The £33.5 million scheme has secured approval in principle with a £22.5 million contribution from the Department for Transport (DfT) subject to a final business case, which was due to be submitted last month.
Forder Valley Link Road:
- New road set to relieve congestion at Manadon and provide a second route to Derriford
- Alternative route hoped to provide more reliability on the A386 Tavistock Road when incidents occur
- More direct route for buses from the east of the city to Derriford
- Enlarged and relocated junction at the Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road intersection will relieve congestion
- Widening on Novorossiysk Road to remove the existing merge south of the Bampton Road junction (near the Asda junction) to improve traffic flow
- New walking and cycling facilities throughout the scheme to encourage sustainable travel
- Recreational land for local residents to enjoy leisure opportunities
- Opportunities to enhance natural habitats by extending the local nature reserve
- Improvements to protect streams from pollution to encourage aquatic species
Forder Valley Roundabout:
- Extension of the existing short merge from Forder Valley Roundabout heading northbound onto Forder Valley Road to improve traffic flow
- Potential widening at the southbound approach to Forder Valley Roundabout and on the roundabout itself to increase the number of traffic lanes and improve traffic flow
- Improved pedestrian crossing facilities and on-road cycle facilities to encourage sustainable travel
The plan comes as the north of Plymouth prepares to grow significantly over the next 15 years.
The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has identified this area for 4,300 new homes and a new district centre providing new shops, community and leisure and health facilities.
The council’s preferred option includes a new link road, supported by a new bridge over Bircham Valley, with an enlarged signalised junction connecting it to the Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road junction.
The alternative route to Derriford will aim to relieve congestion at Manadon, cut delays on the A386 Tavistock Road when incidents occur and offer more direct routes and improved journey times for buses from the east to the north of the city.
The relocated and enlarged junction as well as widening on Novorossiysk Road, to remove the existing merge south of the Miller Way (Asda supermarket) junction, will also aim to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.
The council say the scheme will also offer new walking and cycling facilities, including an on-road cycle lane northbound on the uphill of the new link road, as well as a shared off-road facility to accommodate different types of cyclists travelling at different speeds due to the gradient of the hill.
Segregated facilities will also be provided on the southbound section to provide greater separation between pedestrians and faster moving downhill cyclists.
Other facilities will also be provided to link into all other approaches to the junction.
The scheme design also includes recreational land for local residents, land to extend the local nature reserve and links from the new road to paths within the planned Derriford Community Park.