Plans for a train station at Marsh Barton in Exeter have finally arrived – nearly four years after it should have been up and running.
Formal proposals for the construction of the two-platform Clapperbrook Lane East transport hub have been submitted to Devon County Council (DCC), writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.
Blueprints also feature a new cycleway embankment and footbridge link to the station to provide a dedicated route for bikes and pedestrians along Clapperbrook Lane.
It is hoped that the long-awaited station will be open by the end of 2021 if plans net the go-ahead.
The application says: “The proposed station will have two platforms, with the eastern and western platforms served by trains to Newton Abbot and Exeter, respectively.”
Plans for a previous iteration of the station, initially due to open at the end of 2016, had been approved.
However, delays, rising costs, changes in design standards and an unsuccessful bid to the Department for Transport’s New Stations Fund have led to a funding shortfall which has delayed the project.
A new application with an amended design has now been submitted.
The plans adds: “Currently, the Marsh Barton trading estate is connected to Exeter city centre by local bus services, however ,these are unlikely to be attractive for commuters from further afield, such as from Teignbridge and Torbay.
“Additionally, cross-river connectivity by bus is poor, whereas trains to Marsh Barton will call at stations such as Topsham, Newcourt and Digby and Sowton.
“Therefore, following the delivery of the scheme, a significantly larger population will have a ‘genuine choice of transport modes’ when travelling to Marsh Barton.
“By removing car trips from the local road network, the development is likely to improve air quality and public health.”
The station at Marsh Barton is one of seven included in the Devon Metro project.
It aims to develop the existing railway network based around Exeter into a county-wide ‘turn up and go’ service aiming to reduce traffic on congested roads.
DCC will determine the fate of its own application at a later date.
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