Heavitree and Whipton Active Streets trial scheme approved

Councillors have given a trial traffic scheme, which will remove through traffic from Heavitree and Whipton’s key residential areas, the greenlight.

Members of the Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee voted in support of the Active Streets Heavitree and Whipton Trial Scheme when they met on June 20.

Once the trial begins, the first six months will be a statutory consultation period, which will enable local residents and stakeholders to provide feedback on the changes and inform next steps.

The temporary scheme will involve physical ‘modal filters’ (bollards or planters) and bus gates being placed at key locations in the Heavitree and Whipton residential area.

These will reduce traffic on residential streets and support local people who want to walk, wheel, scoot or cycle.

All properties within the area will remain accessible by car, but residents may need to use different routes for some journeys.

The scheme has been developed following two phases of consultation with local people and businesses, and further engagement with local councillors and other key stakeholders.

The trial is expected to be in place for up to 18 months, which includes a consultation period for the first six months, after which a decision will be made whether to make the temporary changes permanent.

For further information, please see the dedicated scheme website.