Consultation planned for next stage of Exeter cycle route

E4 cycle route

Posted on: 9 October 2018

A consultation is being launched on proposals for the next stage of a strategic cycle route in Exeter.

Plans for the next section of the E4 cycle route to connect Pinhoe Road to St Katherine’s Way, have been drawn up by Devon County Council and will be available to view online from Monday 15 October to Monday 19 November on the Have Your Say website.

When the entire E4 route is fully developed it will eventually connect developments in the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point to the city centre and Exeter University.

The first phase of the route, a one kilometre stretch along Cumberland Way between Hollow Lane and Pinhoe Road/Pilton Lane, has been completed and opened.

The next phase of the shared cycle and pedestrian route will largely replicate the initial route built along Cumberland Way and will connect to it at Pilton Lane, with the stretch along Pinhoe Road having a priority crossing across Bakers Way.

There will be a cycle specific signal-controlled crossing East of the junction with Exhibition Way similar to that at Barnfield Road in the city centre. The existing toucan crossing on Pinhoe Road, with refuge island, will remain in place.

The cycle route along Exhibition Way will be widened to become a 2.5 metre-3 metre wide bi-directional path with a half-metre buffer segregating the cycle route form the road – similar to the existing layout on Cumberland Way.

A separate pedestrian path will be retained on the eastern side of the cycle route, and a footway will remain on the western side of Exhibition Way. It will be necessary for the large tree near the Aldi junction to be removed, along with a smaller tree on the other side of Exhibition Way, so that the cycle route can be constructed and pedestrians and cyclists can safely be given priority at sides roads. A landscaping scheme, including the planting of new trees, is being developed which will mitigate for the loss of these trees.

Parking will be rearranged at the northern end of Exhibition Way, and where car parking spaces are next to the bi-directional cycle route, the buffer will be one metre wide to prevent car doors from opening into the cycle route.

The scheme also includes widening and improving the path through Exhibition Fields and Betty’s Mead playing fields which have already been approved by the Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) and it is intended that these sections will be constructed in the next couple of months. Some trees including some that pose a safety risk due to their age, will be removed but new trees will be incorporated into the scheme to replace any trees lost.

The County Council is also inviting comments on plans for a 20 metre span pedestrian and cycle bridge to connect Eastern Fields with Betty’s Mead Playing fields. The construction of this bridge is essential to remove a pinch point in the route which includes the steep narrow path on Summer Lane.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This cycle route will provide cyclists with a high quality, direct route, which will be segregated from traffic where possible. We’ve seen the first section open and it’s important that we hear what people think of the proposals for the next phase of the project. People will really start to see the benefits when more of the route is in place and when complete it will act as a showcase cycle route to attract further funding.”

Councillor Hilary Ackland

Councillor Hilary Ackland, Devon County Councillor for Pinhoe and Mincinglake, said: “To have a high quality route for families to cycle into the city is going to be a huge bonus for the residents of Pinhoe and Mincinglake.”

National Productivity Investment Funding, from the Department for Transport, is in place for the route to be built by 2020. The County Council is currently looking at improvements linking Beacon Lane to Union Road/University of Exeter for future stretches of the route.

For more information visit https://www.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/ from Monday (15 October).

7 comments on “Consultation planned for next stage of Exeter cycle route

  1. anon says:

    This is not a consultation – this is dictation!! There are no alternatives to be discussed or even questions being asked. This scheme stinks of someone wanting to spend money for the sake of it! Are the council going to even consider re-routing the E4 cycle route to use chancel lane? Removal of the Chancel lane bridge and replacing with a level crossing would be a vast improvement for ALL users of Chancel lane and ultimately provide a safer cycle route.

  2. Angela Camerom says:

    It’s great having all these cycle paths in Exeter. I live in mid devon and we are the poor relations as far as this goes, no cycle paths anywhere and the lanes are so bad it’s not safe to cycle on them. When are we going to see some improvements?

    • Hi Angela, thanks for your comment. We want to improve routes and facilities for cyclists to encourage more people to cycle more and do so more often. However, it’s become increasingly difficult in recent years for us – and all county councils – to gain funding for local transport improvements. The funding that we have been able to secure has been linked to transport schemes that connect key employment, education and leisure destinations in our key growth areas, (these are Exeter, Barnstaple and Newton Abbot). Our strategy for cycle infrastructure, updated in 2015, sets out proposals for these areas including our Market and Coastal Town Network and the rural and Leisure Cycle Trail Network. These are online at Cycling and Multi-Use Trail Network Strategy.

  3. paul says:

    I tried to use the “have your say” site, but nowhere can I find the info relating to the Exhibition Way scheme.
    Considering there are already Cycle crossing points at the Pinhoe Rd/Cumberland Way junction then why isn’t the cycle route on that side oft the road, then behind Enterprise car hire and through the Industrial Estate to join up with the end of the Cycle Path that runs to Summer Lane. You wouldn’t need to spend any money on the Aldi junction, which has been amended recently at huge expense.

  4. anon says:

    The new cycle route has done nothing to curb the speed of traffic on Cumberland way. The scheme also neglected to add an access point for cyclists coming from Pinhoe at the Junction near Enterprise car rental.

    There was very little public consultation or rather zero communications with people in the local area about phase one of the cycle route. Phase one is extremely low quality and has made using the highway and pavements dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

    As a cyclist I can see no value in having a cycle lane that I would have to constantly stop to cross over a road junction. It is far more convenient to use the existing road where correct priorities are already assigned to all road users.

    I complained bitterly about the pedestrian crossing being removed from the East side of the junction at Exhibition way – sighting that cyclists were cut off from the cycle path and also that pedestrians wanting to go from Aldi to Sainsbury’s would have to make two separate crossings This “new” crossing MUST also accommodate pedestrians!

    Please publish statistics on the amount of cyclists who use the new cycle path compared with those who still use the highway.

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