Heavitree and Whipton Phase 2 Consultation

Homefield Road Modal Filter

In September and October 2021, we consulted on a range of measures to address the issues raised during the Phase 1 Consultation, particularly the impact of traffic on the local area and the lack of priority for pedestrians and cyclists. These included:

  • Packages of traffic filters to reduce or remove through traffic;
  • Measures to reduce traffic speeds and improve pedestrian crossing facilities on Sweetbrier Lane and Whipton Lane; and
  • Additional electric vehicle charging facilities.

The questions asked are detailed in a paper copy of the consultation survey.

Options for reducing traffic

Four options were presented for consultation, involving point closures at different locations within Heavitree and Whipton:

  • Options 1 and 2 sought to close north-south routes to through traffic.
  • Option 3 sought to close east-west routes to through traffic.
  • Option 4 sought to close all routes to through traffic.

These proposals involved a mixture of physical modal filters, which create a physical barrier to all vehicular traffic, but allow pedestrians and cyclists to pass, and bus gates, which allow the passage of buses, pedestrians and cyclists, but prohibit the passage of other vehicular traffic.

For more details of each of the options, please use the buttons below.

As the Chard Road traffic filter had been previously implemented under a separate Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, a decision on its retention could be made independently of a decision on a potential area-wide scheme.

  • Option 1

    Option 1 for reducing traffic proposed closing some north-south routes to through traffic. It is illustrated in the image and table below, and described in a video.

    Map showing Option 1 proposals

    Modal Filter Type of Modal Filter Location
    1 Existing (Permanent) Physical Filter Homefield Rd, between junctions with Bonnington Grove and Bicton Place
    2 Existing (Temporary) Physical Filter Chard Rd, between junctions with Nicholas Rd and Whipton Lane
    3 Proposed Bus Gate Ladysmith Rd, immediately south of Park Road roundabout
    4 Proposed Physical Filter St Marks Ave, immediately east of Park Road roundabout
    5 Proposed Bus Gate Hamlin Lane, between junctions with Chard Rd and Hanover Rd
    6 Proposed Physical Filter Whipton Lane, between junctions with Chard Rd and Sweetbrier Lane
    7 Proposed Bus Gate Thornpark Rise, immediately east of Vaughan Rd roundabout

  • Option 2

    Option 2 for reducing traffic also proposed closing some north-south routes to through traffic. It is illustrated in the image and table below, and described in a video.

    Map showing Option 2 proposals

    Modal Filter Type of Modal Filter Location
    1 Existing (Permanent) Physical Filter Homefield Rd, between junctions with Bonnington Grove and Bicton Place
    2 Existing (Temporary) Physical Filter Chard Rd, between junctions with Nicholas Rd and Whipton Lane
    3 Proposed Bus Gate Ladysmith Rd, immediately south of Park Road roundabout
    4 Proposed Physical Filter St Marks Ave, immediately east of Park Road roundabout
    5 Proposed Physical Filter Hamlin Lane, between junctions with Wykes Rd and Hamlin Gardens
    6 Proposed Physical Filter Whipton Lane, between junctions with Chard Rd and Lonsdale Rd
    7 Proposed Bus Gate Whipton Lane, between junctions with Georges Close and Whiteway Drive

  • Option 3

    Option 3 for reducing traffic proposed closing some east-west routes to through traffic. It is illustrated in the image and table below, and described in a video.

    Map showing Option 3 proposals

    Modal Filter Type of Modal Filter Location
    1 Existing (Permanent) Physical Filter Homefield Rd, between junctions with Bonnington Grove and Bicton Place
    2 Existing (Temporary) Physical Filter Chard Rd, between junctions with Nicholas Rd and Whipton Lane
    3 Proposed Bus Gate Hanover Rd, between junctions with Saxon Rd and Hamlin Lane
    4 Proposed Bus Gate Hamlin Lane, between junctions with Hanover Rd and Roseland Crescent
    5 Proposed Bus Gate Sweetbrier Lane, between junctions with Madison Ave and Whiteway Drive
    6 Proposed Bus Gate Thornpark Rise, immediately east of Vaughan Rd roundabout

  • Option 4

    Option 4 for reducing traffic proposed closing all routes to through traffic. It is illustrated in the image and table below, and described in a video.

    Map of Option 4 proposals

    Modal Filter Type of Modal Filter Location
    1 Existing (Permanent) Physical Filter Homefield Rd, between junctions with Bonnington Grove and Bicton Place
    2 Existing (Temporary) Physical Filter Chard Rd, between junctions with Nicholas Rd and Whipton Lane
    3 Proposed Bus Gate Ladysmith Rd, immediately south of Park Rd roundabout
    4 Proposed Physical Filter St Marks Ave, immediately east of Park Rd roundabout
    5 Proposed Bus Gate Hamlin Lane, between junctions with Chard Rd and Hanover Rd
    6 Proposed Physical Filter Whipton Lane, between junctions with Chard Rd and Sweetbrier Lane
    7 Proposed Bus Gate Whipton Lane, between junctions with Georges Close and Whiteway Drive
    8 Proposed Physical Filter Sweetbrier Lane, between junctions with Whipton Lane and Vaughan Rd
    9 Proposed Physical Filter Vaughan Rd, between junctions with Vaughan Rise and Sweetbrier Lane
    10 Proposed Bus Gate Thornpark Rise, immediately east of Vaughan Rd roundabout

    In response to queries regarding vehicular access under the option 4 proposals, we produced the following map, demonstrating the roads which areas of Heavitree and Whipton could be accessed from:

    A map indicating vehicular access in option 4 of the consultation

  • Traffic-calming proposals for Whipton Lane/Sweetbrier Lane

    Three schemes were consulted upon within the Whipton Lane/Sweetbrier Lane area, each aiming to reduce traffic speeds and/or improve pedestrian crossing facilities.

  • Sweetbrier Lane Chicanes (between Hamlin Lane and Whipton Lane)

    On Sweetbrier Lane, it was proposed that the existing chicanes be widened, along with the removal of the road centre line to make the road seem narrower and thus reduce traffic speeds.

    Plan of proposed chicane widening on Sweetbrier Lane

  • Sweetbrier Lane/Whipton Lane Roundabout

    At the Sweetbrier Lane/Whipton Lane roundabout, it was proposed that traffic humps incorporating raised crossings be installed on the eastern and western arms.

    Plan of proposed raised crossings at Sweetbrier Lane/Whipton Lane roundabout

  • Whipton Lane/Georges Close Junction

    At the Whipton Lane/Georges Close junction, it was proposed that a priority crossing be installed across Georges Close, along with a traffic hump and raised crossing across Whipton Lane.

    Plan of proposed raised crossing and priority crossing at Whipton Lane/Georges Close junction

Additional electric vehicle charging facilities

Respondents were invited to indicate preferred locations for additional electric vehicle charging facilities.

Consultation outcomes

Considering online, email, letter and telephone responses, nearly 1,400 people participated in the consultation, of which over 70% lived in Heavitree or Whipton. Collectively, respondents provided approximately:

  • 6,500 poll question answers
  • 3,800 free text comments
  • 600 geotagged comments

The proposals for traffic-calming for Sweetbrier Lane (between Hamlin Lane and Whipton Lane) were largely well-received, as were the improved crossing facilities for the Whipton Lane Roundabout and the George’s Close crossing. Respondents suggested that they could reduce traffic speeds and improve road safety

A small majority of everyone that responded supported the introduction of traffic filters to reduce traffic. Of the options offered, option 4 was the most supported. Whilst a significant majority of respondents disagreed with options 1, 2 and 3 for reducing traffic within Heavitree and Whipton, opinion regarding Option 4 was more evenly split.

Aspect Responses Disagree Neutral Agree
Option 1 1121 73% 7% 20%
Option 2 969 67% 8% 25%
Option 3 965 78% 6% 16%
Option 4 1130 53% 3% 44%
Sweetbrier Lane Chicanes 782 41% 13% 46%
Sweetbrier Lane/Whipton Lane Roundabout 787 28% 16% 56%
Whipton Lane/Georges Close Crossing 786 28% 20% 52%

Consultation update leaflet

For more information on the consultation outcomes, please see the Consultation update leaflet.

Next steps

After more detailed consideration of the responses to the proposed traffic filters, it is planned that these will be discussed at the Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee in Summer 2022, for a decision on what happens next.

In the interim, we will be consulting on the proposal to make permanent the restriction on Chard Road in April 2022. This needs to happen now due to the legal timescales of the temporary arrangements. Comments submitted to the permanent Chard Road proposal will be considered before any final decision is made.

Approval to construct the proposals for the Whipton Lane/Georges close junction and the Whipton Lane/Sweetbrier Lane roundabout will be sought at a future Exeter Highways and Traffic Order Committee.