Woolwell to The George Junction

Scheme overview

The Woolwell to The George highway scheme will increase capacity on the A386 Tavistock Road, between Woolwell Roundabout and The George Junction.

This stretch is currently single carriageway in both directions, linked by dual carriageways to the north and south. It's a pinch point on this route, causing long queues and delays, especially at peak times.

With significant growth planned for the north of the city and traffic forecast to increase along this route we need to make improvements to reduce delays, congestion and journey times.

The Derriford Transport Scheme and Forder Valley Link Road are already being progressed but problems north of Derriford Roundabout also need to be dealt with. We're looking at putting two lanes in each direction between Woolwell Roundabout and The George, as well as upgrading the roundabout.

The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan sets out a development allocation of 2,000 houses at Woolwell (to the north of the scheme); therefore a key part of the scheme is bus priority measures aimed at providing a direct, fast bus route from the new residential development at Woolwell to the city centre.

Under the plans, Tavistock Road will be widened to provide a dual carriageway and Woolwell roundabout will be replaced with a signalised junction. A new junction will also be created at Woolwell Crescent.

In addition, there will also be new and upgraded footways and cycleways and safer crossing points to support active travel, as set out in the Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. A second level will also be added onto the George park and ride site.

View updated plans for Woolwell

Drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, bus passengers and nearby residents were invited to view updated plans to tackle one of Plymouth’s worst traffic bottlenecks.

The closing date for comments was Sunday 12 September 2021, but if you would like to provide comments you can email transportprojects@plymouth.gov.uk

How the scheme is funded

We have already secured a £5 million contribution from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund towards walking and cycling improvements and we are continuing to explore all funding opportunities to support this scheme.

Next steps

A feedback summary report will be published in the autumn.

Once final surveys have been completed, the detailed designs will be progressed for these plans. It is anticipated that construction will take place in phases.