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About the scheme

We built a one-kilometre road linking William Prance Road in Derriford and the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction.

It is a key link between the A38 and the north of the city, where new homes and businesses are planned as Plymouth grows.

The road runs along a new bridge across Bircham Valley, with a larger, relocated signalised junction at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road intersection.

It helps to alleviate traffic on the A386 Tavistock Road and Manadon Roundabout, providing an alternative route to the north of the city and key destinations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and the Plymouth Science Park. The new link will also improve bus reliability and offers new and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.

IImprovements were also made at Forder Valley Roundabout to improve traffic flow and access for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Together with the Derriford Transport Scheme, Derriford Hospital Interchange, Marjon Link Road and the planned widening of the A386 between Woolwell and The George, this major new infrastructure is key to unlocking growth in the north of Plymouth, where 4,300 new homes and a new district development of shops and community, leisure and health facilities are planned over the next 15 years.

The scheme was opened in September 2022, excluding Platinum Parkway (the new bridge) which opened in February 2023.

Image of map of Plymouth highlighting where Forder Valley Transport road works are going to be

Scheme recognition and awards

  • IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards, won the Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain category, 2019
  • CIHT South West Awards, Transport Innovation category, the bridge itself was commended, 2020
  • The Devon and Cornwall Concrete Society Awards, won the Civils category, 2022
  • CIHT South West, won the Transportation Project of the Year category, 2023
  • CIHT (national awards), commended in the Infrastructure Award category, 2023
  • Constructing Excellence south west, won the Building/Civils Project of the Year category, 2023
  • National Transport Awards, highly commended in the Design, Engineering and Construction Project of the Year category, 2023
  • ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards, won New Build Project of the Year over £8m category, 2023
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