Gydnia Way in Plymouth opens to inbound traffic

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It will be another year before the full programme of works is completed

The first stage in a series of major roadworks has been completed in Plymouth.

Motorists driving along Gdynia Way have experienced traffic delays and diversions since the works started in June.

Gdynia Way has been widened and resurfaced and the road has now reopened to inbound traffic.

In a year's time an extra lane will also be in use to carry vehicles out of the city centre towards Plympton.

The aim is to halve the amount of traffic on the nearby Embankment Road.

Speed reduction

Richard Holifield, from Transport and Highways, said: "This is just the first part of an 18-month programme.

"In November 2011 we should finish the whole scheme, but we've still got a link road to build."

The partial reopening of the road has been welcomed by local businesses at a nearby industrial park, some of whom said trade had been affected by the closure.

Darrian Wallace, from Plymouth Battery Centre, said it would be a relief to customers to have easy access once again.

"It's been very difficult and we've suffered from it being closed," he told BBC News.

Plymouth City Council has reminded drivers that work will continue on other parts of the scheme and the speed limit will be reduced to 30mph on both Gydnia Way and Laira Bridge.

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