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£13.5m scheme to widen Exeter bottleneck approved

CGI image of the Bridge Road cantilever structure. Credit: Devon County Council

A £13.5 million scheme to widen and improve one of Exeter’s busiest commuter routes has been approved by Devon County Council.

The County Council’s Cabinet today backed the scheme to widen Bridge Road to two continuous outbound lanes between Countess Wear roundabout and Matford roundabout.

With around 30,000 vehicles using the road each day, the route suffers from tailbacks at peak times which block the Countess Wear junction and its approach routes.

This scheme is vital to the continued growth in Exeter.

Upgrading this route will reduce traffic queuing at the Countess Wear roundabout which will help keep traffic moving, reduce delays and ensure reliable journey times – all of which is key to support the housing and employment development planned in and around the city.

The improvements will also improve sustainable travel options.

– Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council

Around £2 million of the project costs have already been invested in the scheme design and on installing concrete piled foundations in the piers of the historic Grade II Listed Countess Wear Bridge, to support a new cantilevered cycleway and walkway.

This will provide the space needed on the road over the bridge to be widened to two lanes in both directions, while also improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

The aim is for the scheme contract to be awarded in January 2016.


Hundreds turn out in Exeter fanzone for rugby final

Hundreds turn out in Exeter fanzone for rugby final Credit: ITV News

The Rugby World Cup is finally over and the city of Exeter rose to the occasion.

As well as hosting games at the Chiefs' ground at Sandy Park, there's been a fan zone throughout the tournament at Northerhay Gardens with a big screen for fans to watch the matches and soak up the atmosphere.

Hundreds turned out last night with New Zealand supporters far out numbering those backing Australia.

Making Exeter the most active city in the South West?

Can Exeter become the most active city in the South West by 2018? Credit: ITV West Country

A new initiative is underway trying to make the Exeter the most active city in the South West by 2018.

Sport England will be handing the city council £130,000 later today to help pay for projects that will get people active, and big companies like EDF Energy and Exeter City Council will be targeted to provide workplace activity.


Travellers arrive at Exeter hospital car park

Around 15 caravans have been placed at the Digby Park and Ride site. Credit: ITV West Country

A group of travellers have occupied part of a hospital car park in Exeter.

Around 15 caravans have been placed at the Digby Park and Ride site, which serves staff and visitors for the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Buses are running as normal, and extra spaces have been made available at a nearby Tescos.

Extra spaces are available at a nearby Tescos. Credit: ITV West Country

“We are working with Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police to resolve this as quickly as possible. At this time, the Park and Ride busses are running as normal, so there should be minimal disruption to Park and Ride services. However we have put in place overflow car parking arrangements at Digby Tesco, Wonford Sports Centre and Lidl. RD&E staff are on site at the car park to support patients and visitors if required.

“Patients and visitors are advised to allow extra time to attend outpatient appointments due to an extra stop on the bus route and to consider using alternative transport options to come to the RD&E.

The Trust is very grateful to Tesco, Wonford Sports Centre, Lidl and Dartline for their assistance.

“We will continue to update the public as and when the situation changes.”

– Pete Adey, Operations Director at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
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The Great West Run: look-ahead with star athlete Jo Pavey

As thousands of people are lacing their trainers and filling their water bottles ready for the Great West Run in Exeter, we've been catching up with the woman who's going to start them all off on Sunday: Devon's superstar runner, Jo Pavey

The West Hill runner gained international fame after winning the European Championships in Zurich last year. Her heart is set on a 5th Olympic appearance, but this weekend really won't be about the winning, but the taking part.

She'll officially get the race underway at 9am Sunday, it's raising money for many charities including the race charity Children's Hospice South West.

Click to hear why their work is so important:

And for the 4000 people set to take part, Jo says there's a real treat in store:

It's just such a fantastic course taking in the sights of the city and the pretty country lanes like Stoke Woods and St Andrews Lane.

I'm just excited about going along it's such an honour and I'm really looking forward to it.

The race is now in its 30th year
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