Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge

Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling improvements

As part of the Eastern corridor and city centre strategic cycle network scheme of improvements for pedestrians and cyclists we are now constructing improvements for pedestrians and cyclists, including people with disabilities, along National Cycle Network route 27 (part of the South West Coast Path). The scheme is entirely funded from the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership and developer contributions.

The scheme includes:

  • Improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better signage and new lighting.
  • Improvements will be made on a number of roads including Teats Hill Road, Clovelly Road, Finnigan Road and Faraday Road, as well as Breakwater Hill, where benches will be installed so that people can stop and rest while enjoying spectacular views over Plymouth Sound.  Bollards will also be installed on Breakwater Hill to ensure that no unauthorised vehicles can be driven onto the path but allow access for people using mobility scooters.
  • A minor extension of the 20mph speed limit to include an additional length of Teats Hill Road, as well as Commercial Ope.

Details of the scheme are illustrated in the drawings below:

 Overall route plan [2.1MB]

 Barbican and National Marine Aquarium [424KB]

 Teats Hill, Clovelly Road, Breakwater Hill [520KB]

 Breakwater Hill [389KB]

 Breakwater Hill, Cattedown Road [389KB]

 Maxwell Road, Finnigan Road [457KB]

 Finnigan Road [431KB]

Public consultation

The public consultation on this overall scheme has now concluded. The results of the consultation exercise are summarised in the consultation summary report below:

 Public Consultation Report [PDF, 420kb]

 The headline results are summarised below:

Response to the entire scheme

General view of scheme



Support with amendments


No clear view expressed

Do you support the scheme as a package of measures that will encourage walking and cycling, and provide improvements for people with disabilities?

36 (59%)

18 (30%)

6 (10%)

1 (2%)

The overall proposals, and each individual element of the proposals have been well received by the majority of respondents. The consultation has indicated a strong sense that investment will benefit this route, particularly in the Coxside area.

Following the consultation, the decision has been taken by the Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Planning and Infrastructure to construct all of the main elements of the scheme.

Next Steps


The revised construction programme is as follows:


•           Commercial Road/Teats Hill Road junction – traffic lights from 8 January to end of March and footway closure.


•           Finnigan Road – footpath closure from mid February to end of March.


•           Faraday Road junction – night closure 22 March.


•           National Marine Aquarium – only pedestrian barriers around working areas. Access for public maintained at all times. May 2018


•           Breakwater Hill (and other areas) – reduced width footpaths for street lighting works.  To be completed before the end of March.


Updates to construction dates will be published on this webpage.  Our contractor, South West Highways will liaise with residents to minimise disruption. We apologise for the continued disruption on Commercial Road/Teats Hill Road junction.


In order to undertake these works safely, three-way traffic lights will be in operation, and lanes will be narrowed.  Please note that delays are possible whilst these works are in progress.


Part of the scheme is to undertake resurfacing works at the junction of Victoria Wharf and also the entrance to Mitchell and Webber on Clovelly Road.  We anticipate that this work will be undertaken at night to ease any disruption to the businesses in both locations whilst keeping noise to a minimum. In addition, the parking area outside Marine House will also be affected whilst some of the works are in progress. We will notify residents and businesses that will be affected as soon as dates and times of these works are confirmed.


We will endeavour to maintain access to your property or business at all times and keep any inconvenience to a minimum, although some interruption and reduced access may be unavoidable and for this we apologise in advance.  Please speak with our operatives, if you have concerns about access.


In partnership with Sutton Harbour Holdings and the Environment Agency, work to repair the lock bridge will continue in the hope that it can be reopened in the summer.


The request to install additional cycle parking in the vicinity of the Tourist Information Centre will be investigated as part of the Mayflower 400 Public Realm Project.  Design work will continue for the section of the route along Cattedown Road with consultation planned for summer 2018.