21 January 2010

More road works at Drake Circus

 Once it's finished we hope it will speed up bus travel in and out of the city centre

Work is set to start on a road improvement scheme designed to improve traffic flow around Drake Circus. The scheme, which forms part of the Northern Corridor Transport Improvement Programme, includes: widening the carriageway to four lanes at the entrance to the Drake Circus car park marking the bus lane red to make it more visible and building an island at the end so that traffic does not cross into the bus lane permanently closing the right-hand turn into the shopping centre (following the success of the experimental order implemented in February 2009)
The following traffic management measures will be in place during construction: two lanes of traffic flowing north (towards North Hill) during the day, instead of three (occasionally reduced to one lane overnight). However, three lanes will be kept open during half term (Monday 15 to Friday 19 February) the temporary closure of one lane southbound overnight the occasional temporary ban of the right hand turn out of Drake Circus car park and down Charles Street overnight temporary use of the bus lane by all traffic on the northbound carriageway
Plymouth City Council
Img_9257 (by TGPhotos) [cc]Terry Partridge
From This is Plymouth:
DRIVERS face three months of disruption when work starts next week to improve traffic flow at Drake Circus. The scheme aims to reduce congestion and encourage the use of sustainable transport. Work is expected to start next Monday and should be completed by April 24. A council spokeswoman said: "There may be some disruption during the works but the scheme will increase the capacity of the road on Charles Street in the long term, delivering significant benefits for all road users." Peter Oliver, commercial manager at Citybus, welcomed the development. "We expect some disruption, but once it's finished we hope it will speed up bus travel in and out of the city centre. "There was a noticeable improvement last year when they closed the right-hand turn into Drake Circus car park, and hopefully this will see a further improvement." He urged drivers to use the buses instead of their cars during the roadworks.
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