In January Plymouth City Council will be carrying out improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road, between Budshead Road and Roborough Close, and on William Prance Road as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. We received the information below from Plymouth City Council:

“Work is due to start on Tuesday 3 January 2017 and is expected to take around 15 months.

The scheme will reduce congestion along Tavistock Road and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving all journey times for all users.

Extra lanes will be created and bus priority measures will be introduced at Derriford Roundabout and the William Prance Road junction to reduce bus journey times and improve service reliability. Modern and efficient traffic signals will be installed, along with new, marked cycle lanes and new pedestrian crossings. Walking and cycling improvements will also extend northwards along the A386 from Derriford Roundabout towards the George Park and Ride.

The main construction work will take place between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and on the occasional Saturday morning between 8.30am and 1pm. It is planned to keep two traffic lanes open in both directions along Tavistock Road for the majority of the time to keep traffic flowing, although some overnight works will require the road to be closed to a single lane. To allow this, the bus lanes on both sides of the road between Budshead Road and Derriford Roundabout will be suspended throughout the works, so they can be used by all traffic.

The main restrictions and road closures during the works are summarised on the enclosed map. In addition to this some overnight road closures will be required to help minimise disruption during the day. Notices will be placed on site in advance detailing any closure, restriction or diversion and will also be advertised in the local press. The Council will also provide updates during the works through the media and online at, and

Although the main works will be carried out Monday to Friday, the traffic management will be in place at all times for the duration of the works.

A route through the road works has been agreed with the emergency services to ensure blue light vehicles are not impacted upon.

We would advise anyone travelling along this route to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey.

Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused. We can assure you every effort will be made to minimise disruption as far as possible.

Further information on the scheme can be found at

If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01752 668000 or by emailing”