Devon ready for winter

With temperatures tumbling this week, Devon is prepared and ready to cope with the challenges of winter on the county’s roads.

Road surface temperatures are forecast to drop below -2C in some parts of Devon tonight and gritters will be out on all of the county’s primary salting routes from 6pm this evening.

The County Council is starting the season with its gritting depots...

Work starts to upgrade gas network in Plymouth

Wales & West Utilities is starting work to upgrade the gas network in the Kings Road area of Plymouth.

The work starts on 7 June and is essential to keep the gas flowing safely and reliably to local homes and businesses. It will involve upgrading gas pipes in the area and will finish by 20 August, keeping local people safe and warm for generations to come.

To keep...

DuPont Corian Quality Accolade for Simply Solid

The Plymouth based company became a member of the Quality Network after successfully passing a series of assessments set by DuPont™ Corian® relating to workmanship and facilities. As a member of this premium group of fabricators, Simply Solid can now offer the DuPont™ 10-year limited installed warranty, and is able to design, create and install Corian® products for homeowners, architects and...

R&D team highly commended in prestigious competition

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been highly commended in a prestigious national competition for the work it has done to maximise clinical research activity across the region.

Clinical research is the way that doctors gather evidence about new treatments, in order to improve patient care in the NHS. Most NHS organisations do some level of research, but there is a national drive to...

Hundreds attend bus launch information day

Hundreds of people had the chance to find out more about Plymouth’s new bus network at an event in the city on Saturday.

Stagecoach South West ran the Information Day in the run up to the launch of its new Plymouth network, which will also connect to parts of South Devon and Tavistock, and starts on Sunday September 6.

Staff from Stagecoach South West, including Marketing...

When will we be on the crucial corridor, leader asks council leader

Council leader Tudor Evans has asked for a progress report on calls for the city to be part of the Strategic National Corridor network.

And he is urging the Secretary of State for Transport to include the request as part of a new ‘back to the basics’ look of what UK Plc needs to be economically strong and successful.

Councillor Evans said: “I have written – again – to the...

Plymouth University scientists seek to enhance satisfaction for multimedia users

Scientists at Plymouth University are part of a global cohort to receive a €3.1m grant to research ways to enhance customer satisfaction for multimedia services.

Funded by the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) – which offers early-stage researchers the opportunity to work with mentors to develop new knowledge and enhance their skills on an approved topic - Dr...

Video: Amazing Timelapse of Dawlish rail repairs

Today officially marks the one-month anniversary of the closure of the South West’s main rail link after line at Dawlish was left in tatters by extreme storm damage on 4 February.

The closure has badly hit the South West’s economy as businesses face severe disruption to their normal activity.

The region’s tourist industry thought to have been hot particularly badly seeing...

Five Alternative routes considered to Dawlish

Network Rail has said they will consider five alternative routes as a long term response to the destroyed line at Dawlish.

Options include creating a new passenger route using the existing freight train lines at Alphington and Heathfield near Newton Abbot.

Another option is to reinstate the closed Okehampton line which is expected to cost up to £700m.

Three new routes...

£31.1 million for rail resilience will be found

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has confirmed that the £31.1m promised to improve the resilience of the South West’s rail network will be found.

Ten projects to improve the rail networks resilience against flooding will be funded with the money including for work in Honiton, Cowley Bridge Junction, Crewkerne and several other areas of rail vulnerable to potential flooding.