Funding bid expected for sections of Teign Estuary Trail

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Posted on: 3 August 2015

Sections of the Teign Estuary Trail are expected to be included in a funding bid for cycling improvements across Devon which the County Council is planning to submit later this year.

Devon County Council is hoping to put the bid to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which, if prioritised, would then be submitted as part of a wider bid to Government for Growth Deal funding.

The Dawlish to Teignmouth and Kingsteignton to Passage House sections are likely to be included in Devon’s bid. Although timescales are yet to be confirmed, a decision on the funding will not be expected until Spring 2016.

The County Council has been reviewing the best way to make progress on the Teign Estuary Trail. The most achievable section in the short term is the extension of the route from Dawlish to Teignmouth, which will link Teignmouth to the Exe Estuary Trail. This will build on the current plans to extend the Exe Estuary Trail through Dawlish Warren into Dawlish the town centre. Work is currently progressing on designing the route and determining the most appropriate alignment.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “Teignmouth offers significant potential for growth in cycling by visitors and local people, and connecting to the Exe Estuary Trail will be a major boost to the area. As well as intending to submit a bid to the Heart of the South West LEP, alternative funding options such as the Coastal Communities Fund will also be explored.”

Councillor George Gribble, local County Councillor for Bovey Tracey Rural, said: “The bridge across the A38 has recently opened, which makes it much easier for people to get from moor to sea, effectively connecting Moretonhampstead to Dawlish. I’m encouraged to see that efforts are being made to get the funding to complete the route between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth.”

Councillor Chris Clarance, local County Councillor for the Teign Estuary, said: “It’s all good news as the work is being headed up by the team that delivered a great deal of the Exe Estuary Trail. At last, efforts seem to be concentrated now on delivery of a route for the Teign Estuary, which will link up to the Exe Estuary Trail via Dawlish and Teignmouth.”

Councillor Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: “Cycling continues to gain momentum as a sport and a pastime in Teignbridge and Devon as a whole. Our track record of cycle track delivery in recent months is giving people more ways of exploring the district on two wheels. The Dawlish to Teignmouth and Kingsteignton to Passage House section offers so much potential. There’s still some way for the partner authorities to go, but we hope it gains the funding and support it needs to progress.”

Feasibility and consultation work is progressing on other sections of the trail, from Teignmouth to Bishopsteignton and Kingsteignton to Passage House – which are seen as the next logical extensions of the route, followed by the section from Bishopsteignton to Passage House. Options to minimise the need for expensive and costly boardwalk works in the river Teign are being explored, and sections between Teignmouth and Bishopsteignton are being surveyed. These stages of the route will be submitted for funding when deliverable and cost effective routes have been developed.

Discussions are on-going with stakeholders on the Bishopsteignton to Passage House section, including different detailed route options.

7 comments on “Funding bid expected for sections of Teign Estuary Trail

  1. David Bailey says:

    The Newton Abbot to Teignmouth section cannot come soon enough priority must be given to its implementing. We need this section of route 2 of the national cycle network. Also the Teignmouth to Dawlish section. Attractive cycle routes encourage greener modes of travel.

  2. Sue says:

    I am pleased to hear that progress is being made even if it is a little slow. Surely the priority ought to be for the Newton Abbot to Bishopsteignton route, cyclists risk their lives daily on the Wear Farm Bends whereas they are at least more visible on the Bishopsteignton to Teignmouth stretch where there are also some footpaths. I agree with Barbara, I have also met people on the Exe Estuary trail who had travelled quite a distance to use it, they are definitely a tourist attraction. Also living in hope that it will happen before the zimmer frame looms….

    • Dom says:

      I had to give up a cycle commute from Teignmouth to Ashburton simply because the road from Teignmouth to Newton Abbot is so lethal for cyclists on such a heavily trafficked small road.

      I would prioritise Newton Abbot to Teignmouth as it is a commuter route over another butterfly trail (pretty as they are) to passage house.

  3. Marjorie says:

    I really hope that the Newton Abbot to Teignmouth cycle route will soon become a reality. It is a shame this was not done years ago. Newton Abbot is too busy and dangerous to cycle at present and it will save the NHS a lot of money if local people had more exercise options such as cycling (and extra leisure centres). It is much nicer to cycle along a traffic free Teign Estuary and I hope I will actually be cycling on it by 2017/18. Thank you.

  4. Barbara Wilson says:

    We have just completed the Dawlish Warren to Haven Banks cycle path there and back and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were very impressed with the bridge over the train track and the new pathway up to the Turf locks Pub. We even met a couple who had travelled down from Bristol to do this part of the cycle trail. It has obviously been very good for trade etc in this area. We only hope that we will be able to do the Dawlish to Teignmouth and on to Newton Abbott cycle path before we have to give up our bikes and exchange them for motorised wheelchairs! But hopefully we will be able to make use of the trail with them as well. Keep up the good work.

  5. Liz Gardner says:

    Pleased to hear progress is being made with getting funding. I’m hoping the Teign Trail will be made soon, so that my children can safely cycle to Teignmouth secondary school from Bishopsteignton. There’s no safe way for them to cycle as the main road has lorries and busies thundering by 🙁
    Thanks to all trying to make this dream a reality.

    • Tim Newton says:

      I used to live in Bishopsteignton and school at Teignmouth. I am now 50 years old, and a keen cyclist. I also used to drive an articulated truck on this road (now a Psychologist) and have to agree in the 15 years since i left Bishopsteignton, the volume of traffic has increased beyond belief. The Teign trail would be an amazing feat if it could be acheived. I currently live in Bovey Tracey and the Stover Way trail into Newton Abbot has been a fantastic effort by the local authorities. Furthermore, my experience with the Netherlands and their infrastructure (which prompted me to purchase a Dutch bicycle), has equally boosted my enthusiasm for anything that has potential to encourage the next generation to use bicycle over car. Fingers crossed for the Teign Trail 🙂

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