Deep Lane junction improvements begin in June
Posted on: 25 May 2016
The first phase of an essential two-part project to improve the Deep Lane North Junction in Plympton begins on Monday 13 June 2016.
Phase one includes replacing the existing Ridgeway Roundabout with a signalised junction to increase capacity and improve traffic flow. This is scheduled for completion on 31 March 2017.
Local residents and the general public have the chance to view the Deep Lane Phase 1 plans and traffic management proposals at an exhibition. This is being held on Thursday 9th June at Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre, Plympton, between 3pm and 7pm.
Phase two of the scheme will include a new westbound slip road linking a new Park and Ride at Deep Lane to the main street of the planned new community of Sherford. Subject to securing funding, Phase 2 is likely to be delivered by 2021.
Both phases will deliver vital infrastructure and enable the delivery of the new 5,500 home community and the expansion Langage Energy Park.
Once completed Sherford, which was granted planning permission in November 2013, will include schools and community facilities.
Both phases of the road improvements are being delivered by Devon County Council in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Highways England and South Hams District Council.
The cost of the road scheme is £3.1million, with £2million allocated by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership through Growth Deal funding.
This funding has enabled the road infrastructure to be delivered more quickly. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the developers of Sherford and the developers of Langage.
Phase 1 includes;
- Replacing Ridgeway roundabout with a signalised junction.
- Increasing the size of the existing signalised junction
- Widening the existing left turn lane for eastbound on slip traffic
- Realignment of the carriageway and footpath/cycleway
- Traffic signals optimised and linked to manage traffic flow better
- Crossing points added to existing pedestrian routes
- Highway signing, drainage and ducting and new street lights
The work will take place between 7.30am and 5.30pm, although these times may vary.
Delays may affect traffic flow at junctions to and from Wolverwood Lane, Lyneham Inn, Deep Lane (south of the A38 overbridge), A38 eastbound entry slip road and the A38 eastbound exit slip road.
At varying times Sandy Road, Ridgeway Road, B3416 Deep Lane, Ridgeway roundabout (nearest postcode PL7 1QH) and the A38 eastbound entry and exit slip roads connecting to the B3416 will be closed.
Advanced road closure warning signs will be displayed a week before the start of the works, which will detail specific dates.
If drivers are approaching the junction from the north, a suggested alternative route is via B3416/Glen Road, or via the A38 if approaching from the east or south.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: “Upgrading the junction is vital for the growth in jobs in the area and for the delivery of new homes. I welcome this project, it is good news for people who live and work in the area.”
Councillor John Hart, local Devon County Councillor for Bickleigh and Wembury, said: “To carry out these works safely temporary road and lane closures and diversion routes will be in place as required. Please be assured every effort will be made to minimise the works duration and closures as much as possible, although some interruption may be unavoidable and for this we apologise in advance.”
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “The upgrading of the Deep Lane junction ahead of the main development at Sherfordis vital to minimise traffic disruption.
“Plympton councillors and I will continue to liaise with Devon County Council to ensure these works are delivered as quickly and smoothly as possible. The workforce will be working 10-hour shifts in an effort to achieve this.
“Once complete, these improvements will benefit everyone including those living in Plympton, Plymstock and Sherford.”
Cllr Michael Hicks, South Hams Portfolio Holder for Strategy & Commissioning said: “Sustainability and the infrastructure needs of the new community and surrounding area are at the heart of the new town. It was central for the planners and developers behind Sherford that travel through and around the town would be as sustainable as possible, reducing the dependency on cars, whilst easing congestion and ensuring that high quality, high capacity network links were introduced.
“The improvements to Deep Lane will better connect the area and Sherford with Plymouth and the South Hams.”
Chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Steve Hindley, said: “Yet another important project in our Growth Deal is taking shape on the ground. It’s part of a funding package of £130m awarded to us by Government to deliver transformational projects that support growth.”
The current programme anticipates construction to start on site on Monday 13 June 2016 and finish on Friday 31 March 2017.
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