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Woolwell to the george

About the scheme

The Woolwell to The George scheme aims to alleviate congestion at the notorious pinch-point between Woolwell Roundabout and The George, on the A386 Tavistock Road.

More than 30,000 vehicles use this section of road each day and there are often queues and delays at peak times, caused by traffic having to merge over very short distances. The impact of this congestion extends far beyond the immediate Woolwell area, affecting the A386 Tavistock Road as far south as Manadon Roundabout.

With significant growth planned for the north of the city and traffic forecast to increase along this route, it is vital to provide improvements that will encourage more walking, cycling and bus travel, as well as minimise congestion and delays for general traffic.

The scheme is split into three phases.

  • Phase 1 will include walking and cycling improvements on Woolwell Road, new cycling facilities on Tavistock Road (north of Woolwell Roundabout) and a new signalised junction where Woolwell Crescent meets Tavistock Road.
  • Phase 2 will replace Woolwell Roundabout with a signalised junction, widen Tavistock Road and improve walking and cycling facilities.
  • Phase 3 involves the expansion of the George Park and Ride to provide extra parking spaces.

Location of the scheme

Map highlighting improvements to road between Woolwell and the George park and ride
A386 Tavistock Road


This scheme forms part of a programme of investment through the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), that collectively, helps reduce congestion, improve air quality and help the city prosper by investing in infrastructure to improve public and sustainable transport connectivity on key commuter routes across the city.

It was awarded £5 million from the Department for Transport’s TCF and £19.9 million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to tackle congestion and improve public transport on one of our busiest roads.