Contract awarded for Trail construction to Topsham

Exe Estuary Trail

Posted on: 24 July 2012

Work to complete the final stretch of the eastern side of the Exe Estuary Trail is underway, following the award of the contract to construct the Trail across the River Clyst and into Topsham.

The £1.7 million contract includes the construction of a 120 metre span bridge over the River Clyst and a section of raised walkway through the RSPB Goosemoor Nature Reserve which was given planning permission in April.

The proposed route, which forms part of the National Cycle Network route, stretches from Bowling Green Road, Topsham, passing through Goosemoor RSPB Nature Reserve on boardwalk, then over the new bridge to join the already constructed section of the Exe Estuary Trail to Exton and beyond.

Together with the Ebford Link and Fishers Mill Bridge, this new section over the River Clyst will complete the Exe Estuary Trail between Exeter and Exmouth and link into the local cycle network to Ebford and Clyst St George.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “The Exe Estuary Trail is edging ever closer to completion and this stretch will be the final link of the eastern side of the Exe Estuary Trail – connecting the local cycle network and establishing new sustainable transport links between the communities of Topsham, Ebford and Clyst St George. This will provide a safe and picturesque route for people cycling or walking between Exeter and Exmouth.”

The route has been designed so that it has no effect on any of the existing flood defences or their future maintenance.

Due to the environmentally sensitive nature of the area, site activities will be strictly controlled with construction only being allowed between March and September. As a result the project will be built by contractor Dyer and Butler over a two year period and will be completed in the autumn of 2013.

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