Active Streets Heavitree and Whipton Trial scheme given green light to proceed
Councillors have given a trial traffic scheme, which will remove through traffic from Heavitree and Whipton’s key residential areas, the greenlight.
Members of the Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee voted in support of the Active Streets Heavitree and Whipton Trial Scheme when they met on June 20.
Once the trial begins, the first six months will be a statutory consultation period, which will enable local residents and stakeholders to provide feedback on the changes and inform next steps.
The temporary scheme will involve physical ‘modal filters’ (bollards or planters) and bus gates being placed at key locations in the Heavitree and Whipton residential area.
These will reduce traffic on residential streets and support local people who want to walk, wheel, scoot or cycle.
All properties within the area will remain accessible by car, but residents may need to use different routes for some journeys.
The scheme has been developed following two phases of consultation with local people and businesses, and further engagement with local councillors and other key stakeholders.
Consultees have included the RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People), public health clinicians, and emergency services, who were broadly in favour of a scheme to make local residential streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Local residents will be able to make representations as part of the statutory Traffic Regulation Order process and provide feedback as the trial progresses
Bus gates will be placed on Ladysmith Road, at the Park Road roundabout, and on Whipton Lane, between Whiteway Drive and Georges Close.
The bus gates will allow buses, emergency vehicles and, when required, local authority vehicles such as waste collection lorries, to pass while prohibiting the passage of other vehicles.
These will be similar to the bus gate on Wonford Road, where traffic flows have reduced by over 50 per cent and cycling has increased by nearly 20 per cent.
Additionally, physical modal filters, i.e. bollards or planters, will be placed on St Marks Avenue, on the slip road between Ladysmith Road Roundabout and main section of St Marks Avenue; on Hamlin Lane, between Wykes Road and Hamlin Gardens; and on Vaughan Road, between Whipton Lane and Vaughan Rise.
The trial is expected to be in place for up to 18 months, which includes a consultation period for the first six months, after which a decision will be made whether to make the temporary changes permanent.
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