A critical element of the Growth Point Transport Vision is the promotion of sustainable transport which includes reducing the need to travel by car and by doing so reducing congestion and improving air quality.

The scale of development proposed in Exeter and East Devon is only be sustainable if more people are encouraged to use public transport in the area.

For this to happen significant investment needs to be made into the improvement of road and rail transport.

Many schemes are now complete and several are in progress.

Additional Bus Lanes onto Old A30 (B3174) 
This scheme delivers public transport from the major developments on the A30 corridor e.g. Cranbrook, Skypark. Status: Complete

 Cranbrook Railway Station site Feb 2014

 

 

Making the most of Exeter’s rail network

With a population of only 120,000, Exeter benefits from an unusually large number of rail stations within the City boundary. There are a total of eight stations with two more on the way.

The Exeter Travel to Work Area covers a population of 225,000 inhabitants and benefits from approaching 30 stations. With high peak hour traffic volumes and consequent high vehicle emissions, the Exeter area rail network is an important part of the answer to keeping the City moving and achieving acceptable air quality.

Plans are now firmly adopted that will deliver new stations Newcourt (mid 2015), Marsh Barton ( 2016), and outside the city boundary at Cranbrook (Spring 2015), see picture above.

These new stations will give the growth areas of the City excellent access to the rail network. Improvements to frequency are already under way, with a half-hourly daytime service between Newton Abbot and Paignton operating with help from European funding, and plans to extend this to Exeter when rolling stock becomes available.

Other service improvements can follow, such as a half-hourly service between Exeter and Axminster, although this would be subject to track and signalling improvements.