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Mayflower Street now open to traffic

New bus shelter

Mayflower Street has reopened to traffic – signalling the end of one of the city centre construction projects.

A programme of work included the installation of new large bus shelters as well as a new bus stop to make more space available for buses as well as changes to the pavements and kerbs. The scheme is designed to improve public transport infrastructure, bus journey times as well as reduce emissions.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “This new administration is committed to making the city centre greener whenever and however we can. If we are serious about changing travel habits, we need to make greener forms of travel a more attractive option.

“I would like to thank the shops and traders in and around this street for being so patient while the work to improve Mayflower Street has been carried out. We know it’s been difficult but now that the scheme is finished we hope they can look forward to the prospect of more people going into their shops as they walk past.”

The scheme was part funded through the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund and the work has been carried out by contractors South West Highways.

From tomorrow (Friday) the following services will serve Mayflower Street:

Stagecoach – 1, 1A, 200

Plymouth Citybus – 8, 9, 20, 20A, 27, 35,35A, 42,42A, 42B, 42C, 44, 48, 59, 60, 61

Discussions will continue to be held with bus operators about what further services could also serve Mayflower Street in the future.

City Centre manager Steve Hughes added: “I know businesses have been waiting for this news. Mayflower Street is a lovely, vibrant street full of independent shops, restaurants and other businesses and the return of buses means more people coming past and hopefully popping in.”

While the Mayflower improvement work scheme finishes, the surface along the section that crosses Armada Way is only temporary, pending more permanent work expected as part of a new scheme.