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Consultation:

Queen Street, Newton Abbot, Pedestrian Enhancements

A public consultation is being held, in partnership with Teignbridge District Council (TDC), on plans for pedestrian enhancements to Queen Street, Newton Abbot. This consultation aims to find out your views on the proposed changes.

Please read the information provided below and have your say by completing our online questionnaire . This questionnaire can also be found at Newton Abbot Library and Education Centre, where an exhibition has been set up showing the key information about this scheme.

If you intend to answer this question on behalf of a business, please do so via our questionnaire specifically for businesses .

Throughout the consultation, online events will be taking place to allow you to speak to members of the project team. Online webinars will take place at 6pm on 17 May for residents and members of the public  and on 18 May for business owners or representatives . There will also be virtual ‘drop-in’ event on 24 May. At each event, officers from Devon County Council and Teignbridge District Council will be on hand to answer any questions. Please click on the links above to register for these events.

The consultation will close on 24 June.

Artist's impression of Queen Street proposals.

Background

Queen Street connects Newton Abbot Rail Station to the Town Centre, and is home to an extensive number of shops, independent businesses, and services. However, currently the street is dominated by motorised vehicles, with space allocated to through traffic and on-street parking.

This means that:

  • footways are too narrow in places for large numbers of pedestrians
  • Queen Street and its side roads can be difficult to cross
  • not enough space is allocated to pedestrians who are the priority in a Town Centre area.

A package of proposals have been designed to make Queen Street a more attractive, safe and healthy place for visitors and businesses.

In 2019, Teignbridge District Council bid for a share of £1 billion Future High Street Fund which was set up to help reshape town centres through transformational schemes.

In 2020, Teignbridge District Council hosted a consultation to engage with the public on potential plans for Queen Street.

In 2021, Teignbridge District Council were successfully awarded a portion of the Future High Streets Fund, however due to the fund being oversubscribed, it was necessary to scale the proposals back. The additional parking proposed for the Cricketfield car park was removed from the proposals as it was not deemed good value for money.

With approval from Devon County Council (DCC) elected members and in partnership with TDC, DCC is holding a public consultation to collect public feedback on the most recent plans and designs for Queen Street. This public consultation aims to understand your views on the specific improvements that will be implemented along Queen Street.

Proposals

A package of proposals have been designed to make Queen Street a more attractive, safe and healthy place for visitors and businesses. These proposals aim to make everyone feel safe and welcome, with more spaces for pedestrians to enjoy and access shops and services, improved accessibility, cleaner air and less noise and pollution.

A summary of the proposals is detailed in the table below. Scheme plans can be viewed at the links below:

Devon County Council has undertaken a significant amount of work to understand the impacts of the proposed changes on the wider transport network and parking behaviour. A summary of this work is available to view here .

For some proposals, funding is yet to be secured for delivery, these proposals are limited but are clearly highlighted (*) in the summary table and the overview scheme plan.

Pedestrian and public realm improvements

Proposal

Summary

Detail

Widened footways Widened footways will give pedestrians more space to move and access shops and services. Increased footway width will also improve access for mobility scooters, buggies etc.

The focus of footway widening is at the western end of Queen Street, between Courtenay Street and Albany Street, with approximately 4m and 5m wide footways on the northern and southern side respectively. To the west of King Street, on the southern footway, a flexible loading bay will act as an extension of the footway outside loading times.

The southern footways will also be widened to approximately 4m between Albany Street and the existing zebra crossing outside Bernes Primary School.

Improved Crossings

Improved crossings at side roads will make junctions safer and easier to cross, with priority given to pedestrians instead of vehicles.

Safer crossing opportunities will also be provided across Queen Street.

Pedestrian priority raised tables will be provided at every side road along Queen Street, between Devon Square / Lemon Road and Hopkins Lane. This means that pedestrians will have priority over vehicles at each junction and the crossings will be level with footways. Funding is yet to be secured for Lemon Road priority table crossing (*).

A narrower carriageway between The Avenue and Courtenay Street, partnered with a reduced speed limit, will make Queen Street easier and safer to cross. A new zebra crossing immediately west of the War Memorial will also provide a new formal crossing opportunity.

Enhanced greening and seating

Enhanced greening and seating will contribute towards making the corridor a more appealing shopping destination.

Additional street furniture etc. to be adopted by the Town Council, which maintain the existing street furniture etc.

New in-ground tree planting is proposed on the northern footway between Courtenay Street and Albany Street. This will be complemented by the relocation of existing flower poles from the northern footway to the southern footway at the same location. A new double-headed flower pole is also proposed at the King Street junction.

Between Albany Street and Prospect Terrace, two double-headed flower poles are proposed, one to the west of Fairfield Terrace and one to the west of Prospect Terrace on the southern footway. Two benches and planters are also proposed on the southern footway between Fairfield Terrace and Prospect Terrace.

Public Transport A new bus lay-by is proposed, improving the quality of an existing stop. The existing bus stop outside St Joseph’s Catholic Church will be enhanced to create a bus lay-by. The existing bus stop west of Albany Street will remain in a reduced width carriageway of approximately 3.25m.
Cycle Provision A reduction in general traffic and the provision of new cycle parking will make accessing Queen Street by bike more attractive.

Whilst cycle trips will remain westbound only from The Avenue, north/south movements will be enhanced through the removal of traffic to/from King Street and at the southern end of Lemon Road (*).

A shared use path alongside the War Memorial, which leads to a new quiet route along Oak Place to Courtenay Park, is also proposed (*). The new zebra crossing west of the War Memorial has the potential to be upgraded to a parallel crossing (*), leading to onward north/south cycle links along The Avenue to Lemon Place (*).

New cycle parking is proposed on the northern footway at the Lemon Road junction (*) and at the southern footway at the King Street junction.

Changes for motorised vehicles

Proposal

Summary

Detail

Parking and Loading Changes Parking reduction (approximately 55% across the scheme area), a small increase in disabled parking, and changes to loading bays to facilitate transformational pedestrian enhancements.

In order to deliver transformational pedestrian and public realm improvements, approximately 55% of on-street parking is proposed to be removed. This includes the removal of all on-street parking between Courtenay Street and Albany Street, a small reduction on Victoria Place, between Albany Street and Lemon Place, between Lemon Road and The Avenue and on St Paul’s Road.

However, disabled on-street parking will increase overall within the scheme area, through an increase in provision on Courtenay Street and additional space between Lemon Road and The Avenue.

Space for loading will also increase in the scheme area through more space on Victoria Place and between Albany Street and Lemon Road. A flexible loading bay will be provided on Queen Street, immediately west of King Street. This will operate as an extension to the footway outside loading hours, with no kerb between the permanent footway and the loading space.

Where on-street loading, outside of loading bays, is currently permitted at restricted times, under proposals loading will not be permitted at any time.

Traffic Removal Removal of general traffic from the corridor is central to achieving transformational uplift for pedestrians and the public realm. General traffic removal west of Albany Street and restricted access on some side roads is proposed.

It is proposed to restrict access on Queen Street, west of Albany Street, to buses, cycle and restricted hours loading. Taxis would be able to access this area to stop to pick up or set down passengers. Drivers of vehicles displaying a blue badge would also be able to access to stop and pick up or set down a disabled person. Through traffic will be encouraged to remain on The Avenue and general traffic accessing Queen Street will then be routed north on Albany Street when leaving Queen Street. The specification of loading hours restrictions forms part of the consultation questionnaire.

There will be no motorised vehicular access between King Street and Queen Street, however, space for a turning head will be provided at the top of King Street by reducing the eastern footway width to approximately 1.5m. Hopkins Lane will be made one-way northbound. The southern end of Lemon Road will be restricted to limited northbound vehicle access only, with two-way cycle movements permitted (*).

Speed Limit A reduced 20mph speed limit is proposed. A new 20mph speed limit is proposed between The Avenue and Courtenay Street, this will further enhance the environment for visitors and enhance safety for Bearnes Voluntary Primary School.

Have your say

There are several ways to provide feedback, either as an individual, organisation or on behalf of a business.

Business feedback

  • Complete the online questionnaire . Paper copies of the questionnaire are available on request.
  • Business Consultation webinar: 18 May 2022 at 6pm.
  • A short presentation covering the scheme proposals by the project team, followed by a ‘question and answer’ session. Register for this event here.

Resident / Shopper & Organisation feedback

  • Complete the online questionnaire . Paper copies of the questionnaire are available on request.
  • Public Consultation webinar: 17 May 2022 at 6pm
  • A short presentation covering the scheme proposals by the project team, followed by a ‘question and answer’ session. Register here for this event.

There will also be a Virtual ‘drop-in’ event (24 May, 6pm – 8pm). This is an opportunity for anybody dial in at any point during the two-hour window to give feedback directly to the project team. Attendees can join and leave at any time during the session, and come and go as they wish. Register here for this event.

To register for any of these events, please follow the relevant links above or email the project team: transportplanning@devon.gov.uk

If you would like further information, please get in touch using the contact details below:

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Accessibility

We take accessibility seriously and recognise that some of the information presented in the files available on this page may not be fully accessible to someone using assistive technology such as a screen reader. If you need guidance or an alternative format, email transportplanning@devon.gov.uk with details of any preferred format and the assistive technology you use

From
29/04/2022
Until
24/06/2022
District