transport - Exeter and East Devon Growth Point


The vision for transport at Exeter and East Devon Growth Point is to improve the transport infrastructure in and around Exeter, to promote sustainable forms of travel and to provide access to and from the strategic developments in East Devon.  

Park and Ride BusThe partners want to increase the numbers of people who use sustainable modes of transport, which includes increasing the use of public transport, managing car parking provision and ensuring the city's transport network is enhanced. 

Strategic Objectives

Cycling in ExeterOur objectives include the development of the Countrywide's transport aims:

  • Ensuring that the transport system supports strategic development
  • That it meets the needs of the community
  • Improves residents' access to key services and facilities.
  • Reduces the environmental impacts of transport
  • Encourages a shift to more sustainable transport modes
  • Achieves a high quality of network management
  • Develops a multi-modal integrated transport system
  • Develops and manages the highway network supporting wider transport aims
  • Improves safety and public health
  • Delivers transport infrastructure in phases alongside the new developments

These aims have been used to develop more locally specific objectives for Exeter:

Accessibility and Connectivity

  • Ensures that investment in Exeter's transportation system supports and enables the strategic housing and employment growth.
  • Improves access of residents to key services and facilities, such as Exeter University, secondary education and the RD&E Hospital.
  • Improves Exeter's road network for example improvements to M5 Junction 29/30 and the Countess Wear roundabout.
  • Continued improvement of air travel at Exeter Airport and rail provision for example an additional passing loop on the Exeter to London Waterloo line.

Stage Coach BusEnvironmental Enhancement 

  • Reduce the rate of traffic growth within Exeter and between Exeter and its neighbouring communities.
  • Ensure transport contributions are made towards a reduction in the city's carbon footprint.
  • Reduce the need to travel, (particularly by private car) by developing employment opportunities in the city centre and close to new the communities for example Monkerton.
  • Concentrate housing near to community facilities and delivering mixed use urban extensions at Pinhoe, Monkerton, Newcourt and Alphington
  • Encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport in and around Exeter.
  • Develop a high quality public transport (HQPT) network linking the city centre to the east and south west of the city. This will include links between the employment sites such as Skypark and the development of interchanges where passengers can change from one mode of transport to another.
  • Enhance bus priority routes and increase the park and ride capacity, for example, on the Alphington corridor.
  • This also includes extended cycle and pedestrian routes such as the bridge over the M5.
  • Improved transport interchanges, for example, at Exeter Central Station.

Capacity Management

  • Enhance the quality of the transport and the experience of those using it by offering passengers who use the High Quality Public Transport network effective real time passenger information and smart card ticketing arrangements.
  • Develop, enhance and manage the highway network to reduce queuing and to maintain capacity that has been created. This is in addition to small scale improvements planned to key radial routes and junctions.
  • Implement robust demand management and travel planning measures. This includes management of parking capacity in the city centre and the urban fringe, and measures to reduce congestion ( for example park and ride, workplace charging).
  • Introduce measures which directly influence behaviour such as TravelSmart.

The transport Infrastructure for the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point is being delivered in phases alongside the developments: 

A30Phase One

The Clyst Honiton bypass now provides access to both Skypark and the new community at Cranbrook, improved public transport services, Ambassador Way extension and Cumberland Way complete. Rail improvements which include a new station at Cranbrook and improvements to junction 30 of the M5.

Phase Two

Improvements are complete at Junction 29 of the M5 to increase capacity at the junction and the new link provide access to Exeter Science Park and the old A30. In addition, the Tithebarn Link Road provides an east-west link connecting Tithebarn Lane bridge and the northern end of Science Park to the new roundabout on Cumberland Way.

There are dedicated bus lanes along the length of the old A30 (B3174) and Cranbrook's train station connects Cranbrook with Exeter to the west and London to the east on the Waterloo line.

An infrastructure assessment was undertaken which builds on the transportation analysis used in preparation for the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy and the Phase 3 Access Strategy by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Devon County Council.

Lead Authority: Devon County Council

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Updated 22_10_2014