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Work to improve St Budeaux Transport links to start in February

Work will start next month on a scheme that will transform St Budeaux Square and strengthen its role as a key public transport interchange.

The work aims to make the most of the square’s location on key bus routes as well as access to rail services and to turn it into a sustainable transport interchange connecting commuters from Plymouth, South East Cornwall and West Devon with employment and healthcare opportunities in Derriford and the City Centre and Waterfront growth areas.

The scheme aims to improve the connections between two or more forms of sustainable transport (for example by rail, bus and bike or on foot) and transform this area – which is already home to two rail stations – into an important and busy interchange. The scheme will involve:

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  • Extending the bus layby and new bus shelters
  • A new loading bay on St Budeaux Square
  • Improving public realm with better footpath surface, lighting and seating areas 
  • Space for Beryl bike hub
  • New cycle parking on St Budeaux Square
  • New directional signs (between bus stops, railway stations, cycling provisions and taxi rank)
  • A new Real Time Passenger Information (RTPI) display for rail and RTPI in the new bus shelters.

The Council is working closely with rail partners and local bus operators to increase the frequency of rail services at the stations and improve connectivity with bus services. The scheme also aims to benefit the local community and those commuting to St. Budeaux and Barne Barton by offering greater choice and accessible sustainable transport options both within Plymouth and beyond.

The initial plan was to begin work on St Budeaux Square early 2023, along with another scheme to improve cycle links, but issues faced by both schemes caused delays, which meant the Council was unable to start the scheme before Christmas 2023.

The projects, in common with other schemes have faced wider challenges including contract price inflation, materials supply issues and labour constraints.

The extra time however, allowed the project team to make a few adjustments to the programme to minimise potential traffic disruptions for taxi and bus users.

Councillor Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning said: “Plymouth is committed to being net zero carbon by 2030, so as part of our commitment we want to encourage more people to travel around the city in cleaner and greener ways to help curb emissions.

“These plans aim to turn St Budeaux into a major sustainable travel interchange for residents and commuters, by making it easier to plan journeys, and helping to get commuters out of their cars and using public transport or walking and cycling instead."

Due to finish by June 2024, the scheme is part of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan and is funded by the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) which aims to make it easier for residents and commuters to walk, cycle and use public transport when they travel around Plymouth and surrounding area.

Traffic management plans will be in place during construction period and we expect some unavoidable and temporary traffic disruptions around the area. They include:

  • suspension of existing inbound bus stops and taxi rank on the square
  • use of existing taxi ranks for St Budeaux Square bus stop (City Centre inbound buses)
  • suspension of the current taxi ranks and relocation to Trelawney Place
  • change to bus lane on Trelawney Place into replacement taxi rank
  • one lane closure on Wolseley Road (City Centre inbound) next to St Budeaux Square  
  • night works on Fletemoor Road islands (maximum one week).

More information of the scheme and updates throughout construction can be found online: St Budeaux Interchange | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK