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Exeter Transport Strategy 2020-2030 InnovaSUMP project

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Exeter Transport Strategy – InnovaSUMP project

Exeter is a thriving economic centre for the county and is a desirable location to live. The city has grown rapidly over the past two decades and this economic success and growing influence has increased travel demand into the city.

Measures to help accommodate growth into the city are set out in the Local Transport Plan 3 (2011-2026). With over £75 million of new transport infrastructure since 2011, a significant part of the existing strategy has now been delivered and with further understanding of travel habits, we are updating the transport strategy for the city.

The InnovaSUMP project will include a detailed study leading to a standalone transport plan for Exeter of low carbon transport options to improve sustainable mobility alongside growth plans. This plan will also feed into a wider five year review of the LTP.

Moving forward

The draft Exeter Transport Strategy sets out proposals to address constraints on sustainable transport networks, deliver interventions that contribute to improved quality of life and utilise the opportunities that technological advancements have created to integrate information and engage with people about the travel choices they make. These are embodied by three key themes:

  • Greater Connectivity
  • Greater Places for People
  • Greater Innovation

The draft Exeter Transport Strategy was consulted on in early 2019. Over 1100 public responses were received and the consultation has shown widespread support for the draft Exeter Transport Strategy. There was particularly strong support for Park and Ride, including improving journey times and enhancing cross city travel options, and improvements to active travel networks. 70% of respondents also supported the re-dedication of highway space for pedestrians and cyclists in the city centre.

The consultation did however highlight a need for greater focus on carbon reduction and further clarity on the measures to be included. These will be considered further and incorporated into the final strategy, which is expected to be adopted later in 2019.

A copy of the consultation report can be accessed below:

Exeter Transport Strategy Consultation Report

Overall objective of the InnovaSUMP project

The InnovaSump project aims to achieve better mobility, less congestion, improved safety and security with a substantial reduction of traffic congestion. The specific principle is that enhanced SUMPs will contribute to a low carbon economy.

The project involves partners from across Europe to promote shared learning of best practices from across the continent. Partners include Nicosia, Cyprus, Evosmos-Kordelio, Greece, Ravenna, Italy, Prague, Czech Republic, Vilnius, Lithuania,  Viseu, Portugal and Iasi, Romania.

InnovaSUMP Action Plan for Exeter

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