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Magdalen Road Improvements

Devon County Council is making permanent changes to support walking and cycling and create a more attractive environment on Magdalen Road. These will be implemented through Traffic Regulation Orders.

What changes are being made?

A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is a legal document which allows Devon County Council or the police to enforce traffic regulations, such as speed limits, on-street parking and one-way streets.

The TROs for Magdalen Road will restrict vehicular traffic to one-way westbound, between the junctions with College Road and Denmark Road, with contra-flow (eastbound) cycling permitted. This will match the current temporary scheme, implemented in June 2020 to support walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The TROs will introduce a restricted parking zone to ban all parking and loading outside of the marked bays, comprising:

  • Three new loading only bays along the northern side of Magdalen Road; and
  • Existing limited waiting parking bays on the southern side of Magdalen Road, which will be widened, resulting in the loss of two spaces.

The changes will also incorporate:

  • Introduction of a raised hump uncontrolled crossing point on Denmark Road, at its junction with Magdalen Road.
  • Alteration of the existing zebra crossing on Magdalen Road to match the new highway alignment.

Further details of the changes are detailed in a report to the 6 June 2022 Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) meeting.

Why are these changes being made?

The changes are designed to improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and create a more attractive urban environment on Magdalen Road, whilst maintaining vehicular access to local businesses and residential properties.

They will build upon Devon County Council’s encouragement of active travel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and support the Council’s Climate Emergency objectives by encouraging modal shift away from the private car.

The changes have been developed following a consultation in February-March 2021 on high-level options for Magdalen Road, subsequent discussions with local traders regarding details of the scheme design, and a statutory consultation on the TROs in March-April 2022.

When will these changes be made?

The statutory consultation on the TROs was conducted from Thursday 24 March 2022 until Thursday 14 April 2022. Considering representations received in relation to these TROs as well as the wider scheme context, the 6 June 2022 Exeter HATOC meeting resolved to make and seal the TROs. Following this, the 8 June 2022 Devon County Council Cabinet meeting approved the construction of the scheme.

As detailed in the Notice of Making below, the permanent One-Way order will enter into force on 22 June 2022, with the permanent order for waiting restrictions to be made and sealed at a later date. Some minor interim works will be made to the existing temporary infrastructure, to ensure consistency with the permanent One-Way order, before the permanent scheme is constructed in early 2023.

What will it look like?

The scheme will formalise the existing temporary arrangements, with the northern footway built out to provide additional space for pedestrians, and a contra-flow (eastbound) advisory cycle lane demarcated on the road.

To help make the advisory cycle lane more conspicuous and reduce traffic speeds, parts of the cycle lane will have different surfacing to the rest of the road, similar to the surfacing outside John Lewis on New North Road, Exeter.

The loading bays will be incorporated into the footway, but will have contrasting surfacing, similar to the arrangements outside The Stand Off on Longbrook Street, Exeter.

The scheme is also likely to incorporate additional cycle parking stands and planters on the widened northern footway. However, the precise location of these features is outside the scope of these TROs.

How do I respond?

The statutory consultation is now closed.


Details on the previous consultation in 2021 can be found on our consultations page.