Cycle route improvements

We're developing a network of routes linking each of the neighbourhoods in Plymouth so that cyclists can travel conveniently and more safely across the city.

Until January 2021 we'll be improving cycling facilities in the north and east of the city.

Plymouth's proposed Strategic Cycle Network

Locally we're also developing our Strategic Cycle Network (SCN) - a plan of cycle routes, paths and lanes that we aim to create in the city that's suitable for cyclists of all levels.

 Strategic Cycle Network [8MB]

The network is colour-coded with the faster purple routes (which involve dealing with traffic) for experienced cyclists and the slower but safer green routes for less experienced and leisure cyclists and children. Where the purple and green routes meet they'll be developed so that they're suitable for all cyclists.

As part of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan we have developed a new draft Strategic Cycle Network.  This draft network of proposed strategic routes can be viewed via the following link:

 Draft Strategic Cycle Network Map (February 2017) [15MB]

Please send any comments to cycling@Plymouth.gov.uk with "strategic cycle network consultation" in the subject line.

Northern corridor

This scheme will create 4.5 kilometres of our planned Strategic Cycle Network and bring improvements for:

  • Plymbridge Road: New cycle lane at the eastern end (Wrigley's roundabout); widen pavement to create off-road shared surface path, plus lowered speed limit to 30mph at the western end (George Junction)
  • Southway Drive: New mostly off-road cycle path and improved pedestrian and cycle crossings serving Oakwood Primary School (George Junction to Southway shopping centre)
  • Tavistock Road from Derriford roundabout towards the George: Work to connect current off-road cycle lanes plus lowered speed limit to 30mph. This is under construction as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme.
  • Crownhill Road to the A38: New off-road cycle lanes plus the use of quiet roads; improved access to Shakespeare Primary School.

Cost of the scheme

The scheme will cost around £3.51 million – made up of £2.46 million from the Department for Transport, £0.883 million from us plus £0.167 million from local development.

Eastern corridor and city centre

This scheme will create over five kilometres of our planned Strategic Cycle Network and bring improvements for:

  • City Centre between North Cross and The Hoe: Cycling and walking improvement works which is now part of the exciting Better Places Plymouth programme.
  • Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge: we are now constructing improvements for pedestrians and cyclists along National Cycle Network route 27 (part of the South West Coast Path).
  • Laira Rail Bridge to Broxton Drive: We have now completed about 700 metres of new off-road shared surface path providing links in to the Saltram Meadow development.  Construction of a more direct route to Broxton Drive starts on January 15, 2018 and is expected to be completed in spring 2018.
  • The Ride cycle path: Widening of a 750 metre section of National Cycle Network route 27. Completed in May 2017

Cost of the scheme

The scheme will cost around £4.91 million – made up of £3.42 million from the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership plus £1.49 million from the Sherford and Saltram Meadow developments.