Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Scheme (Plymouth Road)

The B3416 Plymouth Road is one of the busiest routes in the city with 40,000 vehicles using it daily. It is often congested, with motorists experiencing delays during peak periods and bus services suffering from unreliable journey times. In addition to this, the traffic signal junctions along Plymouth Road are ageing and operate poorly when compared to modern day equipment.

The Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Scheme (Plymouth Road) will aim to reduce traffic delays along the B3416 Plymouth Road, improve road safety by upgrading pedestrian crossings and provide new cycle facilities.  

The initial phase is at the Cot Hill junction and will create more road space for traffic turning right into Cot Hill from Plymouth Road. This will help ease the overspill that often blocks traffic heading east towards Plympton and make better use of the two straight ahead lanes.

Other junctions along Plymouth Road including Woodford Avenue and Larkham Lane will be reviewed and the aging traffic signals upgraded to modern, more efficient traffic signals. The scheme also aims to improve journey times for motorists and service reliability for buses using Plymouth Road helping to discourage rat-running through Woodford. Also as part of the scheme are changes to the junction of Cot Hill and Merafield Road to reduce queuing on Cot Hill.


The Council received £2.1m of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) and this has been supplemented by developer contributions.

When the works will begin

It is expected that construction could start in late 2017 or early 2018 but there's some flexibility to this and when works could be started is one of the issues we're asking for feedback on.

Consultation on proposals

We're carrying out consultation on the proposals from 19 May to 16 June 2017 and are interested in receiving any comments you may have on the proposals or any ideas that you have of your own to feed into the process.

More details of the project and the proposals are in the following document

Scheme plans and proposals

 Eastern corridor junction proposals leaflet [PDF, 2.5MB]

 Cot Hill at Merafield Road proposals [PDF, 151KB]

 Plymouth Road at Cot Hill proposals – Off road cycle/pedestrian path [PDF, 102KB]

 Plymouth Road at Cot Hill proposals [PDF, 181KB]

 Plymouth Road proposals overview plan [PDF, 225KB]javascript:void('Edit Link')

Public consultation events

Three public consultation events have been arranged where Council officers will be there to discuss the proposals and hear any thoughts you may have.

Date Location Time
Saturday 20 May

Harewood House
Plymouth PL7 2AS

9am to 12.30pm
Monday 22 May

St Peter’s Lutheran Church Hall
Larkham Lane, Plympton
Plymouth PL7 4PG

4pm to 8pm
Wednesday 24 May St Peter’s Lutheran Church Hall
Larkham Lane, Plympton
Plymouth PL7 4PG
10am to 2pm

How to submit comments

You can submit comments in the following ways:

  • Complete a questionnaire at one of our events
  • Complete our online survey
  • Complete our questionnaire below
  • Email transportprojects@plymouth.gov.uk (put ECJIP in the subject line)
  • Write to: Strategic Transport Team, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 3BJ (with reference ECJIP)

 Eastern corridor junction improvements questionnaire [PDF, 104KB]

The closing date for the consultation is 16 June 2017

What happens next?

Feedback received through the consultation will help inform the options taken forward.