The road bridge over the railway at Cot Hill has been closed for vehicles travelling in a northerly direction out of Merafield. The official diversion route for local traffic is preposterous as it sends vehicles on a convoluted journey out to Eburton, Billacombe and back across the Embankment to enter Plympton again via Marsh Mills (which often has its own conjestion issues). This is an adbsurd and unrealistic route for Merafield residents wishing to travel to places like Ridgeway, Colebrook and Chaddlewood.

In the first day of the bridge's closure we have seen widespread traffic chaos in Underwood Village and Market Road (where there is an infant school which has lost its lollipop patrol person). This situation is only likely to get worse as the days go on.

It should have been perfectly forseeable to Plymouth City Council that traffic displacement would occur and adversely affect people in Underwood Village and Market Road.

A sensible means of alleviating this problem would be to open up the one way section of Linketty Lane to allow all types of traffic to exit onto Plymouth Road at that point for the duration of the bridge repair.

We, the signatories to this petition, therefore call upon Plymouth City Council to urgently lift the restrictions on that road and to allow it to be used by all vehicle types for the duration of the closure of the Cot Hill rail bridge.



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