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Feedback invited on latest E4 cycle route proposals

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Exeter residents are being asked for their feedback on proposals for the next section of the E4 strategic cycle route along Union Road.

Devon County Council has launched a public consultation on its plans to extend the walking and cycling route, which will help tackle congestion and reduce carbon emissions. The consultation is open until Tuesday 13 July.

The scheme proposes to provide a new two-way cycle route along the north side of Union Road. For the majority of this route, cyclists will be separated from pedestrians, but where it’s not possible a shared path will be introduced.

Stoke Hill roundabout will be converted into two mini-roundabouts with new pedestrian and cycle crossings.

The proposals also include:

• Changes to Pennsylvania Road junction to allow the cycle route to extend through the junction. To achieve this, it will require relocating the stop line away from the junction which is a similar layout to the Magdalen Road / College Road Junction in St Leonards;
• Devonshire Place could be made one-way southbound for the proposed Pennsylvania Road junction;
• Removal of parking on Union Road. Current proposals, which could help offset and re-allocate parking, include converting some of the 2 hour limited waiting spaces on adjacent roads to residents’ permit parking and moving all Union Road addresses into the Residents’ Parking Zone S4.
• Access to all existing private driveways will remain.

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Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We’re inviting people to provide feedback to help inform the design of the scheme which we hope will encourage more people to walk and cycle as part of our ambition for a cleaner, greener Devon. A two-way cycle path is considered to be the best solution for cycle provision along Union Road because of the limited road space available. Changing the layout of Stoke Hill roundabout to a double mini roundabout also creates extra space for pedestrians and cyclists on Union Road. The proposals aim to establish a cycle route that meets government guidelines as well as balancing the needs of pedestrians, vehicles and buses.”

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Councillor Su Aves

Councillor Su Aves, County Councillor for St Sidwells and St James, said: “Union Road is used by all ages and needs to be made safer. As a cyclist myself but also as a pedestrian and a car driver, I appreciate how difficult it can be to drive or cycle along this road safely. Ideally cyclists should not need to share pavements with pedestrians as this creates conflict. Having a dedicated 2-way cycle route is the best design for this width of road.

“The Stoke Hill roundabout desperately needs to be improved. From emails I receive I know that safer crossings and junctions have been asked for by residents, school children and those that use the E4 cycle route. It is a major route for commuters, residents, deliveries, buses, and school journeys. I am hoping that as many residents as possible respond to this consultation so that everyone’s opinions will be taken into account. The more of us that cycle and walk, when we can, will improve our health, reduce air pollution and our impact on the environment.”

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Councillor Percy Prowse

Councillor Percy Prowse, County Councillor for Duryard and Pennsylvania, said: “This part of the E4 has been a long outstanding part of the cycle route and residents are encouraged to give their opinions about the proposals.”

Around two miles of the multi-use E4 route is currently in place between Redhayes Bridge and Beacon Lane. When complete, the E4 will eventually connect the East of Exeter and Redhayes Bridge, via Pinhoe, to the University of Exeter and St David’s station.

Details of the consultation and an online survey can be found on our Have Your Say webpages.

Alternatively, you can request a paper feedback form or more information by emailing, by post to Transport Planning, Matford Offices, County Hall, Topsham Rd, Exeter, EX2 4QD or by phone on 0345 155 1004.