Final phase of Newton Abbot’s ‘East to West’ cycle route approved by cabinet

Walkway / Cycleway

Posted on: 13 September 2017

The completion of an ‘East to West’ shared cycling and pedestrian route in Newton Abbot was approved by Devon County Council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday 13  September).

The £1.45million scheme, along Ashburton Road, will complete the route between Greenaway Road and Mile End Road.

It will connect housing developments Houghton Barton and Hele Park to schools, the railway station, local amenities, the town centre and the rest of the town’s cycle network.

This sustainable transport corridor is vital to enable the town to expand and grow – thousands more homes are planned over the next two decades.

Devon County Council is developing a network of cycle routes across the town to provide links to all the key destinations.

This East-West route, connecting the development on the A383 Ashburton Road with the rest of the network,  is a major part of this.

The first part of the Ashburton Road scheme, between Greenaway Road and Exeter Road was completed in 2015, building on previous improvements around Coombeshead College.

This new section, measuring around 1.2km in length, will be built in two stages. The first stage will be approximately 200m in length and include the section between Greenaway Road and Oak Park Road.

It has a planned completion date of March 2018 and will include raised crossings at Greenaway Road and Mapleton Close, and a new puffin crossing on Ashburton Road near to Broadlands Avenue. This will replace the existing uncontrolled crossing with a refuge island.

The second stage will be approximately 1km in length and consist of junction improvements at Oak Park Road, Laurie Lane and Elmwood Avenue.

Raised crossings will be added, bus lay-bys removed and an uncontrolled crossing with a refuge island will be installed to better connect the route to Barton Drive.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “Newton Abbot is growing and this will place further pressure on the already busy local roads, particularly during peak periods. It is vital therefore that more journeys, particularly shorter trips, are made sustainably. Walking and cycling will need to play an increasingly important part, whether as the whole trip or as a link to public transport.”

Councillor Gordon Hook, Devon County Council’s local member for Newton Abbot South, said: “This is great news for Newton Abbott. A high quality cycling corridor will encourage more people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle to school, to work and to local services. I support these proposals. They will not only reduce traffic congestion but encourage people to take more exercise and will boost the local economy.”

Councillor Jackie Brodie

Councillor Jackie Brodie, Devon Council Council’s local member for Newton Abbot North said: “Quality cycling and walking routes like this not only help people to stay healthy for longer but reduces pollution and carbon dioxide created by traffic and congestion and improves access to public transport links.”

4 comments on “Final phase of Newton Abbot’s ‘East to West’ cycle route approved by cabinet

  1. David Rice says:

    I genuinely feel pleased that a new cycle route has opened for cyclists, adding to and complimenting Newton Abbots myriad of existing Paths both in and around the town.
    However I live in Teignmouth and to connect to any usable cycle path I have to put my life in Danger every time I try to get out of the town. The routes to Dawlish, Exeter, Torquay or Newton Abbot from my Teignmouth or Sheldon do not as yet exist,
    It appears that Teignbridge is very Newton Centric as it seems any available money seems to be used for the town. How about sharing some of the money that always seems to found for the town to be shared fairly and add to the work already completed between Teignmouth and darkish to start and then when mr Davey is sorted for the long awaited Estuary trail.
    It is not uncommon for councils who are unbalanced with regard to representation of councillors to provide facilities where there are the largest number of councillors in the largest town and I guess those with the biggest voice get most.
    It would be nice for an update regularly for the trails existing Teignmouth.
    Be fair and make my journeys safer.
    I used ti travel between the two towns on backroads but these are now as dangerous as there has been a massive proliferation of delivery vehicles blocking these roads and driving at excessive speeds down what were once deserted roads. Please help me.

    • david.beasley says:

      Hi David

      Thanks for your email.

      The need for cycle routes to and from Teignmouth is fully recognised by the County Council and Teignbridge District Council.

      Extensive design work and land negotiations, funded by the County Council, have been taking place over the last few years to secure routes between Teignmouth and Kingsteignton / Newton Abbot and Dawlish (connecting up with the existing Exe Estuary route).

      The Dawlish – Teignmouth section of the Teign Estuary route has now been designed to a stage where it is ready to be built subject to a final land agreement and securing sufficient external funding. A Coastal Communities Fund bid this year was unfortunately not successful but the County Council will continue to explore potential funding opportunities. Not all funding can be used in any location.

      Part of the Newton Abbot East – West scheme is being funded by Section 106 contributions from developments nearby that must be spent in that area. Teignbridge DC has set aside further funding for Teignmouth routes in future years.

      The Teignmouth – Kingsteignton section has complex land ownership issues and physical challenges and will be very expensive to deliver, particularly where the route has to be in the river and needs bridges over the railway . Land negotiations and design are on-going with the aim of getting to a point where funding bids can be made. Unfortunately suitable Government funding for cycle routes such as this is very limited at the moment.

      Regards

      David Beasley

  2. Bernard Kendall-Dunn says:

    What is the point of cycle routes,cyclists don’t use them!

  3. Julie Martyn says:

    This sustainable transport corridor is vital to enable the town to expand and grow – thousands more homes are planned over the next two decades.

    The above quote puts fear in my heart of what it will be like to live in Newton Abbot!!.

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