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 included:

  • Improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better signage and new lighting.
  • Improvements on a number of roads including Teats Hill Road, Clovelly Road, Finnigan Road and Faraday Road, as well as Breakwater Hill, where benches have been installed so that people can stop and rest while enjoying spectacular views over Plymouth Sound.  Bollards have been 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 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 was taken by the Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Planning and Infrastructure to construct the scheme.


Construction Update and Next Steps

The majority of the works are now completed on this scheme. Delays to construction have been caused by complications on site relating to drainage, underground cabling and construction of the existing carriageway not being as expected.

The final pieces of work which will require three-way traffic lights and narrowed lanes will take place as follows:

  • Resurfacing work on the newly constructed footway/cycleways on Teats Hill Road and Clovelly Road – 14 to 18 May
  • Reconstruction of the Mitchell and Webber entrance – weekend of 9 June
  • Reconstruction of the Victoria Wharf entrance – weekend of 16 June

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. Please note that delays are possible whilst these works are in progress.

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 summer 2018.

In partnership with Sutton Harbour Holdings and the National Marine Aquarium, it is also hoped that new cycle parking and other improvements in the vicinity of the aquarium can be constructed in summer 2018.

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.