Phase 2a and b: Bettysmead Playing Fields to Pinhoe Road

The second phase of the work, connecting Bettysmead Playing Fields to Pinhoe Road, includes improvements to the existing route on Bettysmead Playing Fields, Eastern Fields, Exhibition Way and Pinhoe Road.

An overview plan of the phases of the improvements to the cycle route can be seen below:

Overview plan showing the phases of the improvements to the E4 cycle route in Exeter.

2a Bettysmead Playing Fields

Improvements are proposed to the existing shared use path through Bettysmead Playing Fields through to Summer Lane. Improvements include the widening and realignment of a conflict point, maintenance of existing drainage facilities and clearance of low branches overhanging the path.

Approval was given by HATOC in July 2018 to construct this work and the improvements are expected to commence in spring 2019, subject to planning permission.

The extent of the current E4 work finishes at Bettysmead Playing fields.

Progress update June 2019

Works on this the Betty’s Mead section have been completed.

Progress update May 2019

Work commenced on Tuesday 7 May 2019. The work is anticipated to last for 6 working days, with a target completion date of Tuesday 14 May 2019.

For the safety of both path users and the contractor’s operatives, the affected section of pathway will be closed for the duration of the work with a diversion route in place. The diversion route is shown on the map below. Notices advising of the closure with the diversion route will be posted on site at least 1 week prior to commencement.

Bettysmead to Summer Lane diversion route.

Eastern Fields/Exhibition Fields

The existing path through Eastern Fields and Exhibition Fields is narrow, meanders sharply around trees and is uneven due to root growth. Improvements proposed to this section of the route include using no-dig footway construction to widen the footway whilst maintaining trees.

The widened shared use path will be 3.5m, with a minimum width of 2.5m for short lengths to maintain trees where appropriate. 

Progress update June 2019

Due to a slight delay with contractor availability and resourcing, works are scheduled to be completed on Friday 28th June 2019.

Progress update May 2019

The principal contractor has now been appointed and work is due to commence on Monday 27 May 2019. The work is anticipated to last for 4 weeks, with a target completion date of Friday 21 June 2019.

For the safety of both path users and the contractor’s operatives, the affected section of pathway will be closed for the duration of the work with a diversion route in place. The diversion route is shown on the drawing below. Notices advising of the closure within the diversion route will be posted on site at least 1 week prior to commencement.

Exhibition Way to Summer Lane diversion route.

Progress update February 2019

As of Monday 11 February 2019, a number of trees have been highlighted for removal beside the shared use path that runs along the south side of Exhibition Fields. The work is anticipated to last 1-2 weeks.

Careful consideration has been given to which trees are to be felled, balancing the need to generate space for path improvement works with the condition, ecological value, and landscape impact of the existing trees.

As can be seen from the scheme planting plans (below), there will be compensation planting for 11 trees highlighted for removal, in the form of 30 trees across 2 sites.

The species and planting location of the proposed trees have been selected with guidance from a landscape architect, Ecologist and Exeter City Council’s Tree Officer.

The majority of the proposed trees will be planted beside the shared use path, in similar locations to those being removed. The replacement trees aim to enhance the current park feel of the area, boost the city’s canopy cover, and greatly improve the bio-diversity.

The planting will be undertaken during the next available planting season following construction work, scheduled for autumn 2019.

2b. Pinhoe Road/Exhibition Way

Proposals for Pinhoe Road/ Exhibition Way have been approved at Cabinet on 10 April 2019. A link to the cabinet report can be found here. With a link to the press release here. A construction and works programme if forthcoming.

A public consultation for this section of the route was held between Monday 15 October and Monday 19 November 2018.

Plans from the public consultation can be seen here.

Read the report about the results from the public consultation.