Forder Valley Link Road


About the scheme

We're building a one-kilometre road linking William Prance Road in Derriford and the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction.

This will be a key link between the A38 and the north of the city, where new homes and businesses are planned as Plymouth grows.

The road will run along a new bridge across Bircham Valley, with a larger, relocated signalised junction at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road intersection.

It will help alleviate traffic on the A386 Tavistock Road and Manadon Roundabout, providing an alternative route to the north of the city and key destinations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and the Plymouth Science Park. The new link will also improve bus reliability and offer new and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Improvements will also be made at Forder Valley Roundabout to improve traffic flow and access for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Together with the Derriford Transport Scheme, Derriford Hospital Interchange, Marjon Link Road and the planned widening of the A386 between Woolwell and The George, this major new infrastructure will be key to unlocking growth in the north of Plymouth, where 4,300 new homes and a new district development of shops and community, leisure and health facilities are planned over the next 15 years.



Getting around during the works

Keeping traffic on the move during any transport scheme is vital. The scale of this scheme means there will be interruptions but we are doing everything we can to keep them to a minimum.

Most of the traffic management will include lane closures or contraflows to allow safe working areas for the contractors and engineers on site. However we will be closing Forder Valley Road West for 17 months. This is not due to happen until Summer 2020 but we want to give residents and businesses as much notice as possible. In essence, the junction will be moved and raised up by five metres so that it links in with the new bridge. It’s a colossal task and to do it safely, we need to close Forder Valley Road West for 17 months. The diversion route will be along the A38 and the A386 Tavistock Road. The emergency services have been consulted and we are working with them to minimise impact on current services.

We know this will be frustrating for everyone but believe this means the scheme will be finished more quickly. We will always notify affected residents and businesses of any significant traffic management changes.

 Getting around during the works [PDF, 1MB]


Working with nature

We want to work with, rather than against nature. Ensuring any natural environment loss is more than compensated for has been a key factor in designing the link road.
We have an environmental team on hand to safeguard nesting birds and protected species during the site preparation works and to monitor the scheme throughout. We’ve designed the scheme to ensure that as many trees as possible are retained. We have already started planting 14,500 trees. All the species are native to this valley and are part of a wider landscaping scheme outside of the construction area. Landscape features include two new ecology ponds and a stone-faced Devon Hedge bank.


Public Information Events - May 2019

A series of public information events took place at the end of May 2019 to give people the low down on the Forder Valley Link Road and how it will be built.

 FVLR Public Information Event Leaflet [PDF, 2.34MB]


Keeping you up-to-date

This is a huge project and we are doing our best to cause as little disruption as possible. We know this will have an impact on your daily lives, which is why we want to keep you updated on what’s coming up. We’ll do this through:

We also have a liaison team on site to help you through the changes ahead. Email Tracey or Lisa at