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E4 Cycle Route Phase 3: Bridge across Summer Lane

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Summer Lane Cycle Bridge project has been classed as a critical infrastructure project due to it requiring the closure of Summer Lane, and the access issues it causes to users of Willowbrook and St James School. As such, the contractor is still working while adhering to the guidelines for distancing.

Due to issues with the supply chain, having to respect the distancing guidelines and delays with utilities being diverted (also unchartered service ‘not Covid-19 related’), the project is taking longer than originally programmed and is now planned to finish in the middle of January 2021.


What are we doing?

Devon County Council is improving the existing E4 Cycle Route to improve the infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians in Exeter to promote the use of sustainable transport.

The existing cycle route over Summer Lane is not direct and it has steep gradients and tight corners. To overcome these issues, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge is proposed over Summer Lane, north of the existing railway bridge.

Phase 3 of the scheme covers the construction of a bridge over Summer Lane to remove the existing convoluted section of the E4 route between Exhibition Fields and Bettysmead Playing Fields.

The majority of the work will be undertaken during the day between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. The only nightwork currently planned is to lift the bridge into place.

If for any reason work is undertaken at night, all noisy work will be completed by 11:00 pm.

When are we closing the footway?

The shared-use path which leads from Summer Lane to Bettysmead Playing Fields (see ‘A’ in image below) is now open but will be closed for 2 days in January (12-13/01/2021). Access to the path is via the rail bridge underpass.  (see ‘B’ on image below).

Image highlights the footway closure
Image highlights the footway closure

There are three diversion routes:

  • To the east, via Summerway, Exhibition Way, Exhibition Fields and the entrance of Exeter Arena (15 minute walk, see sketch)
  • To the west via Pinhoe Road and Beacon Lane; and,
  • To the west via Pinhoe Road, Beacon Lane, Bettysmead Playing Field and the shared use path to the west of Willowbrook School.

Drawing B23006BC-0100-D-002 Rev C01 shows the plan of routes.

How will the footway be segregated from the work?

The walkway through the work will be fenced off on both sides to segregate the path from the construction work. Strongwall and Strongfence barriers have chosen so the trip hazard of the bases is low in comparison to other products and so it does not feel overly enclosed while still providing a reasonable level of security to the site.

When are we closing the road to vehicles?

We must ensure the safety of our workforce and the public, and in order to comply with our safety guidelines we are unable to carry out this work without a road closure.

As this is a narrow section of road we have to close the road to give the workforce a safe working zone.

The road will be closed until the 20/12/2020  (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

The diversion route is via Pinhoe Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Prince Charles Road and Beacon Lane. The closure will be between the rail bridge and the southern side of the Exeter Arena entrance.

During the work, the traffic on the surrounding roads will be monitored to understand the levels of disruption caused by the closure and, if necessary, investigated further to determine options to mitigate the disruption.

Will the entrance to Exeter Arena be open?

Yes, access to Exeter Arena will be maintained during the whole project.

The contractor’s compound will be located at the skate park end of the car park but the rest of the car park can be used as normal.

Will the entrance to skate park remain open during the work?

The skate park will remain open until the project is complete.

What will happen to the public and school bus service?

The school buses will operate as normal as they enter Summer Lane from the Beacon Lane. Stagecoach will divert their F2 bus service around the closure.

Buses going to Summerway will be via Beacon Lane, Pinhoe Road, Whipton Village Road, Summer Lane and Summerway.

Buses leave Summerway will travel via Masefield Road, Thackeray Road, Pinhoe Road and Beacon Lane.


Should you require any further information, please email E4cycleroute@jacobs.com


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