Exeter: Fresh round of consultation over proposals to cut cars and boost walking and cycling in Heavitree and Whipton

A second round of consultation has been launched over plans to cut traffic in streets in the Heavitree and Whipton areas of Exeter.

Devon County Council (DCC) has put forward a number of proposed ‘interventions’ to prioritise walking and cycling and reduce vehicles using residential roads and carbon emissions.

They have been proposed after more than 570 people gave initial feedback last year.

Areas of concern were Ladysmith Road, Hamlin Lane, Sweetbrier Lane and Thornpark Rise.

There were also calls for measures to improve safety on the roundabout at Sweetbrier Lane and Whipton Lane, as well as requests for electric vehicle charging points.

DCC is now asking residents for their views on number of mooted ‘modal filters’ to prevent through-traffic but allow a mixture of either buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

It says the measures ‘intend to create quieter, safer residential roads across the Heavitree and Whipton areas, create better places, and enable more people to choose walking and cycling for shorter journeys’.

The consultation will also aim to establish where there is demand for electric vehicle charging facilities.

The Heavitree and Whipton Local Streets consultation runs until Thursday, October 7.

Measures which receive the most public support are expected to form part of a trial later this year.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC cabinet member for highway management, said: “We’re calling on the Whipton and Heavitree community to help us make the neighbourhood greener, healthier and more attractive for them.

“The feedback to this consultation will enable us to trial preferred measures to tackle issues before considering making them permanent.”

Cllr Danny Barnes, who represents the Heavitree and Whipton Barton ward, added: “One part of tackling the climate emergency is reducing our dependence on car travel.

“I am hoping the outcomes of this phase go a long way to make cycling and walking easier, meeting our carbon reduction targets, delivering safer streets and improving our air quality.”

St Sidwells and St James councillor Su Aves said: “Your local area can be made safer and quieter for you.

“You could make your local residential roads in your neighbourhood quieter again by choosing an option you think will work for you.”

Information on the consultation is available here.

An online consultation webinar with members of the project team will be held on Thursday, September 16, from 5:30pm to 7pm.

This will include a short presentation of the proposals, followed by a question-and-answer session.

To register, email Transportplanning@devon.gov.uk.

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