Plans submitted for Cranbrook railway station
Posted on: 2 April 2012
A planning application has been submitted by Devon County Council for a £4.5million railway station at Cranbrook.
Outline permission was granted for the scheme in October 2010, and the layout for the station was approved by the County Council’s Cabinet in March last year.
The scheme, which has been developed by Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and the New Community Partnership, working with Network Rail and South West Trains, includes a single platform, with the potential for a second track and a second platform.
Since the outline planning application for the Cranbrook New Community was approved, detailed assessments have been carried out on the level of flood compensation required to fully mitigate the effects of building in the floodplain.
The station will be within reasonable walking and cycling distance for many Cranbrook residents and secure, sheltered cycle parking will be provided at the station. There will also be taxi facilities and a dedicated bus loop to provide convenient access to the station entrance.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Sustainable transport has always been an essential element of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point and the railway station is a key development within that. The station will serve Cranbrook, Skypark and the Exeter Science Park and will help to reduce people’s reliance on the car, providing them with alternative forms of transport to travel to work and school.”
Councillor Peter Bowden, local County Councillor for Broadclyst and Whimple, said: “The new station at Cranbrook adds one more piece of vital infrastructure to our local transport needs. I remain hopeful that our dialogue with rail operators and Network Rail will realise the improvements to the local commuting and Devon Metro link services that we’re seeking.”
The introduction of a passing loop at Axminster in 2009 has helped deliver an improved hourly service on the Waterloo to Exeter line. The timetable is in place for an hourly service between Cranbrook and Exeter city centre and towards London, and South West Trains anticipates that all services on the line will call at Cranbrook.
Subject to planning approval work is scheduled to start on site in Spring 2013.Posted in: Environment