Morlaix Drive Access Improvements

About the scheme

Morlaix Drive is currently a narrow, 300m stretch of road that links Brest Road with Derriford Hospital and provides access for the ambulance station, Brest Way and the hospital’s large multi-storey car park.

Improvements include widening the road to allow for a constant flow of two-way traffic, including buses, and an upgrade of the existing narrow footway to a shared pedestrian and cycle path. The junction of Morlaix Drive with Brest Road will operate under new traffic lights and the northbound Brest Road entry on to Derriford Roundabout will be for buses, cyclists and emergency vehicles only. Pedestrian crossing facilities and bus stops will also be upgraded as part of the project. 

Traffic wanting to get to Derriford Roundabout from Morlaix Drive will be able to do so via William Prance Road, which was recently upgraded as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. Staff and visitors to the hospital will still be able to use Morlaix Drive and the southbound exit from Derriford roundabout onto Brest Road will remain open to all vehicles.

 Morlaix Drive Information Drawing [PDF, 1MB]

The main purpose of the scheme is to provide better bus access to Derriford Hospital and improve reliability for bus services in the north of the city, complimenting the nearby Derriford Hospital Interchange as well as the Marjon Link Road. At present Morlaix Drive is, in parts, too narrow for vehicles to travel along in both directions. 

Morlaix Drive is one of a number of infrastructure improvements needed to allow sustainable growth in the north of the city to happen. It will become a key strategic route for buses, allowing direct access to the hospital via the new Forder Valley Link Road for future bus services from the east of the city.

At the moment, traffic often queues along Brest Road at busy times of the day and the opening of the Forder Valley Link Road means that traffic movements and the routing of buses are set to change in the area. The new traffic signals on Brest Road and restricting the northbound entry to Derriford Roundabout from Brest Road will help reduce delays to buses and local traffic accessing the hospital and other businesses in the area.

How much will it cost and who is paying for it?

The Morlaix Drive scheme is currently estimated to cost approximatley £5 million.  A £3.3 million contribution from the Department for Transport has been secured through the National Productivity Investment Fund.  Plymouth City Council will provide the remainder of the funding. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust are providing the majority of the land required to deliver the project.

When will work begin?

It is expected that the construction work will begin in Spring 2020.

Information Events

In July 2019 we held two information events for the public to come along to discuss the plans with the team and answer any questions they may have. These were held at the locations and times below, and you can also view the leaflet.




Thursday 11 July Derriford Hospital Main Entrance / Concourse 3pm to 7pm
Saturday 13 July Windsor House 10am to 2pm

 Information Event Leaflet [8MB, PDF]

A summary of the comments received can be found in the engagement report below. 

 Morlaix Drive Public and Stakeholder Engagement Report [407KB, PDF]