09 March 2010

The Mutley Pain

Mutley Plain to be shut for seven weeks!


Motorists are being warned that Mutley Plain is to be closed to all traffic except buses later this month while essential gas mains work is carried out by Wales and West Utilities. As a statutory undertaker Wales and West has a responsibility to notify the highway authority (in this case Plymouth Transport and Highways) of any proposed works, to enable the highway authority to have an input into proposed traffic management plans and the timing of the works.

The utility company says the work, which involves installing 500 metres of new gas pipe, must be carried out to maintain a safe and reliable gas supply to residents and businesses in the area. This section of the gas pipe has suffered a number of repairs in recent years, each time causing intermittent but necessary disruption to traffic, and is now being replaced.
It will be done in a rolling programme which will begin on Monday 15 March in Moor View Terrace before extending onto the southbound side of Mutley Plain from Monday 22 March and will take up to seven weeks to complete.

The southbound carriageway of Mutley Plain will be closed to general traffic from Monday 22 March for the duration of the works, estimated to be seven weeks. The northbound carriageway will remain open, but for buses only. Buses will be able to travel in both directions along this carriageway but will not be stopping on Mutley Plain itself. Temporary stops will be installed where possible around the works. For safety reasons other vehicles cannot use this piece of highway at the same time.

All other vehicles heading in and out of the city will be diverted via Outland Road and Alma Road. This route will be clearly signposted, along with local traffic diversions.

Wales and West Utilities project supervisor Mike Miller said: "We have been working closely with Plymouth City Council and I have contacted local residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity to notify them of the impending work. Advance notice road signs are also being deployed, indicating that work will begin on Monday 15 March.”
Wales and West will facilitate deliveries to Mutley Plain businesses where possible. 5 March 2010
Trams at Mutley Plain, Plymouth c.1909 From Derek Tait's Collection: Trams at Mutley Plain, Plymouth c.1909.
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