Resurfacing work on the Exe Estuary Trail

Map of Exe Estuary Trail diversion route

Posted on: 3 February 2020

Resurfacing will be carried out on a section of the Exe Estuary Trail near Bridge Road next week (Monday 10 February).

The stretch of the shared-use trail between Bridge Road and Station Road car park, near the Turf Hotel, will be closed for approximately five days from Monday 10 February while the Devon County Council funded repair scheme is carried out.

Part of the towpath public right of way, which leads on and off the trail between Bridge Road and the Station Road car park, will also be closed to the general public for the duration of the work, which is expected to be completed by the weekend of Sunday 16 February.

Contractor Kennford Tarmac will have to access the site via the Station Road car park.

A section of this car park will be fenced off for the contractors throughout the duration of the work to store machinery and material for the scheme.

This area for the contractor will be kept to a minimum and spaces will remain for public parking.

Photo of Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “Replacing the current surface will be a huge improvement for pedestrians and cyclists who regularly use this part of the trail. Unfortunately, this section will have to be closed while the resurfacing is carried out, but every effort will be made to complete the work and re-open it as soon as possible.”

Photo of Councillor Alan Connett

Councillor Alan Connett

Councillor Alan Connett, County Councillor for Exminster and Haldon, said: “This upgrade will be greatly welcomed by cyclists, improving a particularly bumpy section. It will make cycling the Estuary Trail even more enjoyable.”

A diversion route for cyclists and walkers using the Exe Estuary Trail will be signed using a combination of quiet roads, the road through Exminster, and shared footway/cycle routes.

Advance warning signs are already in place along the trail to give walkers and cyclists notice of the upcoming scheme.

5 comments on “Resurfacing work on the Exe Estuary Trail

  1. KB says:

    Any idea if this work will be completed by the 16th February still? With the weather we have been enduring I would think it would be really difficult to get this work finished by the date.

  2. Ben Hobbs says:

    Really happy that this work is getting done. Took a long time but shows some intention. Lets hope the verges can be kept clear this summer so we are not reduced to Russian Roulette with oncoming cyclists and peds.
    Does anyone know where I can find plans for future refurbs on other paths that are poor repair (Kenford to Matford)?

  3. Andy says:

    I haven’t seen any notification and I cycle the trail every single day.

    • Ben Hobbs says:

      There were some A4 notices at swing bridges which took a few passes before I noticed. They were adjacent to direction of travel on the corners so not easy to pick up on.

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