Exeter: Year-long Marsh Barton road closure announced as work on city’s newest railway station continues

A road in Marsh Barton is about to be closed to traffic for more than a year as work on a new railway station for Exeter continues.

Clapperbrook Lane East, in Exeter, will be closed to vehicles, for the safety of the public and the workforce, from Tuesday, June 1, 2021 until Thursday, July 15, 2022, Devon County Council (DCC) said.

The road – leading to the Double Locks pub – will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists, but due to limited width, cyclists will need to dismount when using the road.

Work on the new Marsh Barton rail station, which began last month, is ‘progressing at pace’, said DCC.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “Vehicles wanting to get to The Double Locks pub or Riverside Valley Park can do so from Haven Road and Water Lane, with access along a recently widened tow path to Salmonpool Swingbridge, over the canal.

“With the diversion in place and the widened tow path being used by vehicles, for their safety pedestrians and cyclists will need to use the path on the other side of the canal, via the swing bridge, back towards the Quay.”

Preparatory works to the site, near to the energy from waste plant on the eastern edge of Marsh Barton, Exeter, are well underway, the council said.

“Vegetation has been cleared, existing utilities protected, and a site compound and access road have been created ready for the next phase to begin in June,” the DCC spokesman added.

The new Marsh Barton station will serve communities living on the rail line in Exeter, Teignbridge, Torbay and East Devon.

It will also include the development of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge, which will connect the station to Alphington, Marsh Barton,  the Riverside Valley Park and Exe Estuary.

Councillor John Hart, Devon County Council leader, said: “The new long-awaited station will improve access to one of the city’s most important employment areas.

“More than 7,000 people travel to work in Marsh Barton, and the train station and improved cycle and pedestrian access will be a key part in our delivery of sustainable transport options within the city.”

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