Phase 2 of the project has been classed as a critical infrastructure project due to it being located on sensitive roads in Exeter. As such, the contractor is still on site on Pinhoe Road and Exhibition Way working, while adhering to the guidelines for distancing.
Due to issues with the supply chain and having to respect the distancing guidelines, the project is likely to take longer than originally programmed, however, the extent of the delay is not yet known.
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.
Paths through the parks
Path widening improvement work to Phase 2a (Bettysmead Playing fields and Exhibition Fields) has been completed.
A tree replanting and landscaping plan is currently underway.
Exhibition Way to Pinhoe Road
The work along Pinhoe Road and Exhibition Way is more extensive and includes improvements and widening of existing shared-use paths and providing segregated cycle tracks where possible.
A new toucan crossing will be installed on the east side of the Pinhoe Road/Exhibition Way junction. To enable these improvements to the cycleway, some carriageway realignment will be necessary, and the Pinhoe Road junction will be resurfaced.
New crossing facilities will also be provided at side roads on Exhibition Way and Pinhoe Road to give priority to cyclists and pedestrians over motorists.
A public consultation was held in November 2018. You can view the details of the consultation including consultation summary results on the Have Your Say E4 Exeter Cycle Route/ public consultation pages.
The proposals were approved at Cabinet in April 2019.
Construction work for Phase 2b (Exhibition Way to Pinhoe Road) is scheduled to start in early January 2020 with completion planned in the summer.
To complete the work safely, and to protect the workforce and public, it will be necessary to temporarily close some roads during the construction period. For information on road closures, roadworks and diversions related to the scheme, visit Devon’s Roads and transport traffic information website.