Plymouth’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Active Travel Fund Programme

On 9 May the Transport Secretary announced £2 billion to support walking and cycling.  Of the £2 billion, the Government advised £250 million would be made available to support a ‘series of swift, emergency interventions to make cycling and walking safer,’ of which £25 million has been set aside for a bicycle maintenance voucher (£50 voucher for up to 500,000 people). Please visit the GOV.UK website for information on the bicycle vouchers

On 27 May the Council was advised that the residual funding would be released in two phases. The funding has been calculated using census data and weighted towards areas with high public transport use such as Plymouth. It is for the delivery of emergency active travel schemes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council submitted a proposal for the first phase of funding to the Department for Transport on Friday 5 June 2020 and secured our full allocation, £249,000. 

Our programme for phase one was designed to promote cycling as a replacement for journeys previously made by public transport, and as a practical alternative to the private car. It includes a flagship intervention and a complementary programme built around the three pillars of the statutory Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy; Better Safety, Better Mobility, Better Streets as set out below.

Flagship scheme:

Armada Way

  • introduction of segregated cycling facility from Plymouth’s principle railway station, through the city centre, to a new pop-up city centre cycle parking facility
  • the path, which separates cyclists and pedestrians using bollards and water-filled barriers, runs through the city centre to new, temporary, cycle parking outside Plymouth Guildhall.


Complementary schemes:

Better Mobility

Increased cycle parking at Milehouse Park and Ride and promotion as a park and cycle opportunity.

We have installed 35 cycle lockers at the locations listed below helping people to park and cycle.

Cycle locker location Number of lockers
Milehouse park and ride 7 additional lockers
James Street car park 4
Torpoint Ferry 2
Mutley Plain car park 4
Crownhill car park 2
Plympton Ridgeway car park 2
Plymstock Broadway car park 2
Plymouth Guildhall 2
Western Approach car park 2
Turnchapel 2
Lower Turnchapel car park 2
Theatre Royal car park 2
Plympton Guildhall 2
  • removal of inappropriate barriers on footways and cycle-ways maximising available space for active travel.

Better Safety

  • removal of parking from advisory cycle lanes.

We have changed two advisory cycle lanes on Devonport Hill and Elburton Road/ Billacombe Road to mandatory cycle lanes. The cycle lanes are shown by a sold white line and are enforceable by the Police.

  • signing initiative based on best practice aimed at reducing cycle collisions at roundabouts.

We have installed signs at Charles Cross roundabout, St Andrews Cross roundabout, Morrisons roundabout (Plymstock), Cattedown roundabout, Pennycomequick roundabout and Stonehouse roundabout.

Better Streets

  • 20mph when lights flash outside a number of schools.

We have installed new signs with the message ‘School: 20 when lights show’ near the following 15 school sites. The signs include flashing lights using a pulsar unit.

School Location of signage
Woodview Learning Community Lancaster Gardens
Woodford Primary School Larkham Lane
Heles School Larkham Lane
Goosewell Primary Academy Goosewell Road and Goosewell Park Road
Elburton Primary Academy Springfield Road and Haye Road (south)
Devonport High School for Boys

Paradise Road

St Matthew's CofE Primary and Nursery Academy Brest Road and William Prance Road
Holy Cross Catholic Primary School Ebrington Street
Manadon Vale Primary School St Peters Road
Oak Wood Primary Academy School Southway Drive
High View School Torridge Way
College Road Primary School St Levan Road
Eggbuckland Vale Primary School and Nursery* Church Hill
Plymouth Academy of Creative Arts Millbay Road/ Martin Street
Stoke Damerel Primary Academy Garfield Terrace and Collingwood Road

*This location is being funded by the Forder Valley Link Road project

This will mean that the advisory speed limit on the affected roads will be 20 mph when lights flash; with the times the lights are on coinciding with the start and end of the school day. This will help to improve road safety in the vicinity of the school gate and we hope will encourage more journeys to be made to school on foot and by bike.

Feedback on the signs has been positive.

“We are thrilled with the new flashing 20MPH signs as dangerous driving is a real problem for the safety of our children at our school and we are hugely relieved that something has been done.  I really appreciate how tricky it is, and am very grateful for everyone's effort in making this happen.”

Sarah Ryder Head of Manadon Vale Primary

  • Somerset Place, Stoke Damerel: Experimental one-way and waiting restrictions to address congestion issues in the area. 

We have introduced a cycle contraflow, as part of an experimental one way system on Somerset Place, and a further shared use cycle path.

You can provide feedback on the scheme via the ‘Space to Move’ website, set up by national walking and cycling charity Sustrans.