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For the last two years we have been stuck in traffic in Plymouth once through the lengthy passport control. Can someone please give us any tips for a alternative route to and from the Ferry. 

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44 minutes ago, mjturner said:

For the last two years we have been stuck in traffic in Plymouth once through the lengthy passport control. Can someone please give us any tips for a alternative route to and from the Ferry. 

What do mean, once through the lengthy passport control ?, surely your in the port unless you have to so your passport just to get into Plymouth!!!

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Depends which direction (east or west) you are going/coming from.

Best we have found coming from the east is off at Marsh Mills on the A38, along the embankment (follow the signs to the ferry port). Along Chlamydia Way (or what ever the name is!) down towards the old Charles Church roundabout BUT take the signed left turn before around the back of the new bus station being built and follow the ferry port signs.

We have given up on using using the north bound exit way up past Home Park towards the A38 on our late arrival back to the UK as traffic is always heavy PLUS there is no street lighting on the east bound A38 before Marsh Mills. On a wet night its just an accident waiting to happen!

We found departing using the reverse of the above route is always heavy traffic leaving the A38, all the way past home park etc, down Union Street.

Now, Union Street is something to behold! What must arriving  tourists think of that place. Years ago the Devon and Cornwall police said that they used a quarter of their budget on policing Union Street.

SFD

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Back in the days when we had a proper Navy Union st was pubs and brothels right from the dockyard gates, was told if you had a half in every watering hole you would not make it to the end, though many have tried including my late Father in law.

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At the ferry port exit roundabout Take the 3rd exit, going up a hill. At the top of the hill (back of the pavilions) there’s another roundabout. Take the 1st exit. Set of lights turn right. Follow this road right round to the back of Bretonside. Mini roundabout, turn right. You’ll come to a set of lights with an Asda petrol station in front, turn right and get in right hand lane, from here follow signs for Exeter which will lead you out to Marsh Mills. 

This option will bypass the worst of the city centre traffic, particularly avoiding Royal Parade.

im a delivery driver based in Plymouth, this is the way I’d go, and at busy times can save 10-15 minutes.

 

inbound come in from marsh mills, follow continental ferry signs until you see the Asda petrol station on right, take the left turn here, mini roundabout take 1st turn, follow right round to ferry port.

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Passport checks coming off a busy Pont Aven in Plymouth from Roscoff today were very slick, with no customs officers around, no obviously  armed police and no security searches to hold things up. And Roscoff was completely relaxed and illegal immigrant free. 

Leaving Plymouth port follow signposts for Tavistock - when you reach the A38 dual carriageway you can turn left for Cornwall or right for Exeter. Easy Peasy .

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Just a heads up for those leaving and arriving Plymouth on Sunday 12th August. Plymouth MegaRide is on again and this can cause considerable congestion on the A38 from Lee Mill up to Marley Head ( Exeter direction) where they then return down the A38 and into Plymouth ending up on the Hoe.

Departure from Lee Mill is 11.30.

Website as follows www.plymouthmegaride.co.uk 

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If you are going west and not in a desperate hurry, use the Torpoint ferry and the road to Trerulefoot. Left at second roundabout after leaving the feryyport and follow the signs going stright ahead. This avoids the busy roads up to the bridge and the ratrace run from Saltash onwards where there have been so many fatal accidents recently. However you need to watch out for Kamikazi motor cyclists on the bends from Torpoint.

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