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https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/well-straight-point-isnt-good-2952888

This could well impact anyone using Millbay Docks for the next few weeks.

Best not to enter Plymouth at the Sainsburys roundabout but carry on the A38 and turn left on to the A386. These roadworks have been going on for weeks now causing major traffic problems. The proposal is now to narrow the road at Charles Cross ( The Old ruined church roundabout ) into single lane.

I would recommend the same way out of Plymouth via A386.

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Coming from Exeter direction down the A38 we take Embankment , go left just before Charles Church roundabout to the Barbican area and then left at the Duke of Cornwall to Milbay. So we skirt a block from C Church roundabout. What do you think Bisnick? Any problems for us? We take the 0800 to Roscoff. on the 28th of this month..

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Stu

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25 minutes ago, straightfeed said:

Coming from Exeter direction down the A38 we take Embankment , go left just before Charles Church roundabout to the Barbican area and then left at the Duke of Cornwall to Milbay. So we skirt a block from C Church roundabout. What do you think Bisnick? Any problems for us? We take the 0800 to Roscoff. on the 28th of this month..

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Stu

I think that is signed to the Ferry, but for light vehicles only.

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11 hours ago, straightfeed said:

Coming from Exeter direction down the A38 we take Embankment , go left just before Charles Church roundabout to the Barbican area and then left at the Duke of Cornwall to Milbay. So we skirt a block from C Church roundabout. What do you think Bisnick? Any problems for us? We take the 0800 to Roscoff. on the 28th of this month..

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Stu

The Barbican turning  is just at the start of the restriction. I think all of Exeter Street will be affected going by the previous holdups. 

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50 minutes ago, Bisnick said:

The Barbican turning  is just at the start of the restriction. I think all of Exeter Street will be affected going by the previous holdups. 

Thanks for that. I think we shall go as you said, down past Home Park. Used to go that way but when they opened the route down to the Barbican that's the way weve been using for a couple of years now.
Have the city council given a finishing date for the road works?

Thanks again

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I think they are only painting a new zebra crossing so should not take more than take three weeks.

Those who are really courageous and daring can approach Millbay past the dockyard at Devonport and along Union  Street. 

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We have gone the Barbican route for a few years now, glad this was highlighted as we are on a 3PM crossing later this month and could do without chaos at the end of what will probably be a long day. Leaving Fishguard with two infants (not us) in the back, never done a long car trip before, picking up daughter on the way (who is so organised she will probably wait for us to arrive before she starts packing). 

Would have been a lovely end to the day.....

That said, my new Garmin would probably have picked this up and offered a diversion.

Rhys

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I noted this thread and wondered if those with local knowledge could help.   We are sailing from Plymouth at the end of the month.

 

we will be travelling from Exeter m5/a38 with a large caravan for the 16:30 Sunday sailing.   Which is the best approach route bearing in mind our length.  Tight streets and rat runs are out

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Leave A38 at Marsh Mills, along Embankment, stay out of bus lanes, Gdynia Way, Exeter street, round the ruined church, straight ahead and down Royal Parade , admire the new statue by the Theatre Royal, follow signs from there to port. Bon voyage.

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8 hours ago, wortley said:

Leave A38 at Marsh Mills, along Embankment, stay out of bus lanes, Gdynia Way, Exeter street, round the ruined church, straight ahead and down Royal Parade , admire the new statue by the Theatre Royal, follow signs from there to port. Bon voyage.

Thanks.  Going down Sunday 1st sept.  Diversions aren’t good with a caravan 

 

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1 hour ago, Lygra said:

Thanks.  Going down Sunday 1st sept.  Diversions aren’t good with a caravan 

 

Good luck

I have been there with a Caravan! We will be on the same crossing but with a small Nissan note. Enjoy the crossing

 

Ian

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I’m hoping Google maps will avoid the road I’m useless with directions as it is, ironically our new car has a sat nav built in but it’s way of avoiding roadworks is to make you go around in circles until you give up.

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Plymouth has three slip roads exiting the A38 main road which by passes the city. The internatipnal ferryport is actually well sign posted in words and pictorial form from all three of them, and the inbound diversion which was referred to back in June is not now in place. 

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On 07/08/2019 at 03:09, Lygra said:

I noted this thread and wondered if those with local knowledge could help.   We are sailing from Plymouth at the end of the month.

 

we will be travelling from Exeter m5/a38 with a large caravan for the 16:30 Sunday sailing.   Which is the best approach route bearing in mind our length.  Tight streets and rat runs are out

A word of warning Lygra, I don't know where you're coming from but give yourself an extra hour at the very least just in case; the M5 on a busy summer Sunday can be horrendous, just ask @neilcvx

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51 minutes ago, Fine Whine said:

A word of warning Lygra, I don't know where you're coming from but give yourself an extra hour at the very least just in case; the M5 on a busy summer Sunday can be horrendous, just ask @neilcvx

Thanks.  Coming from Cheshire and have sadly had journeys to Exeter that have taken from four to nearly eight hours!

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On 07/08/2019 at 16:51, IanN said:

Good luck

I have been there with a Caravan! We will be on the same crossing but with a small Nissan note. Enjoy the crossing

 

Ian

See you onboard.  You can’t miss us hopefully lol

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On 07/08/2019 at 07:25, wortley said:

Leave A38 at Marsh Mills, along Embankment, stay out of bus lanes, Gdynia Way, Exeter street, round the ruined church, straight ahead and down Royal Parade , admire the new statue by the Theatre Royal, follow signs from there to port. Bon voyage.

Exeter Street between Charles Church and Royal Parade is closed, and there are nasty roadworks at the Charles Church roundabout.  Even BF have highlighted the Plymouth roadworks on the sailing updates page and suggest coming in on the A386 - stay on the A38 until the Manadon junction, and the port is signposted from there.

Edit - just noticed that you're not sailing until 1st September.  Not sure if the roadworks will be clear by then, but something to bear in mind.

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My daughter and her family returned to England yesterday 17th August. On disembarking they were all told to follow diversions through Plymouth due to roadworks.Never heard of this before but she says it took 90 minutes to go from the port to the A38! This was with a fairly empty ferry. Any locals have more info please?

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11 minutes ago, RayWild said:

My daughter and her family returned to England yesterday 17th August. On disembarking they were all told to follow diversions through Plymouth due to roadworks.Never heard of this before but she says it took 90 minutes to go from the port to the A38! This was with a fairly empty ferry. Any locals have more info please?

Have merged this into the thread already discussing this issue.  Hopefully what is here should answer your query.

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