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 Strategic Cycle Network

Locally we are committed to 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.

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 aspirational Strategic Cycle Network which will be finalised as part of the Plan for Transport which is currently under development.

 Strategic Cycle Network [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:

  • Southway to Plymbridge: Walking and cyucling improvements between Southway and Plymbridge including an entirely off-road cycling route and improved crossings for pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities.
  • Tavistock Road from Derriford roundabout towards the George: This scheme has been completed connecting off-road cycle routes.
  • 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.