Derriford transport scheme

The Derriford Transport Scheme will reduce congestion along the A386 Tavistock Road and William Prance Road and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving journey times for all users.

This section of the A386 is a key route for people travelling between the city centre and the north of the city and it provides access to key destinations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and the Plymouth Science Park. Both Derriford Roundabout and the William Prance Road junction manage very large volumes of traffic throughout the day and are often congested at peak times.

Proposed developments in the Derriford and Seaton areas could see around 4,300 new homes, as well as a new district centre, new shops and businesses and a new school. This will increase the number of people travelling to and from the Derriford area and put further pressure on the transport network.

The preferred option

In deciding which scheme to take forward, we have considered the results of the two public consultations held in 2014 and 2015, along with other factors such as impact on the wider road network and the environment, cost and value for money.

The preferred option will see extra lanes being created and bus priority measures introduced at Derriford Roundabout and the William Prance Road junction to reduce journey times and improve service reliability. Modern and efficient traffic signals will be installed, along with new cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings. Keeping the roundabout means all current traffic movements can be maintained (including the ability to 'U-turn' using the roundabout), and traffic flow will be improved.

Walking and cycling improvements will also extend northwards along the A386 from Derriford Roundabout towards The George Park and Ride as part of the Northern Corridor Walking and Cycling Improvement Scheme. Preliminary works to property boundaries took place in late 2016 with the main works being delivered with the Derriford Transport Scheme.  

Scheme construction

Work got underway on Tuesday 3 January 2017 and the scheme will take around 15 months to complete.

The main work will take place between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and on the occasional Saturday between 8.30am and 1pm.

The aim is to keep two traffic lanes open in both directions along Tavistock Road for the majority of the time to keep traffic flowing and minimise disruption.

The key temporary closures, restrictions and diversions are detailed in the map below:

Download Traffic Management map [PDF, 2.4MB]

Some overnight closures will be needed to help minimise disruption to traffic flow during the day – these will be advertised in advance using notices on-site.

Download Construction update 20 March to 2 April 2017 [PDF, 205KB]

Meet the team

Now the construction work is well underway we would like to invite you to our 'drop-in' sessions and have a chat with the project team. The sessions will take place from 5pm to 7pm at Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth on the following dates:

  • Monday 27 March 2017
  • Monday 8 May 2017
  • Monday 12 June 2017
  • Monday 10 July 2017

How much it costs

The Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is contributing £10.16 million towards the £12.72 million Derriford Transport Scheme. Details of the scheme are published on the Heart-of-the-South-West Local Enterprise Partnership website.

Scheme designs

Download Derriford Roundabout [PDF, 2.7MB]

Download William Prance Road [PDF, 3.8MB]

Download Tavistock Road walking and cycling improvements [PDF, 1.6MB]