Crossing outside Exmouth’s M&S reconsidered

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 May 2017

Zebra crossing at Marine Way, which town councillors have said should be replaced with a toucan crossing.

Zebra crossing at Marine Way, which town councillors have said should be replaced with a toucan crossing.

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A traffic light controlled crossing is likely to be installed outside Exmouth’s new M&S store, it has been said.

Members of Exmouth Town Council previously called for a toucan crossing to be put in place on Marine Way, saying traffic had been backed up all the way to the outskirts of the town due to a constant stream of shoppers crossing the existing zebra crossing.

At the annual town council meeting, town clerk Lisa Bowman was asked if an agreed letter on the issue had been sent to Devon County Council, and she answered that while the letter had been delayed due to the recent county council election, highways officers at a recent Exmouth Transport Partnership meeting had agreed to look again at the problem.

Mrs Bowman said: “They said they were going to do an audit of pedestrian movement outside M&S with a view to installing a crossing, because they have accepted that there are problems there.

“Their perception was that where historically there was extra pedestrian traffic at times when trains were coming in [to Exmouth Railway Station], since the M&S store opened it’s been consistent.

The likely outcome would be that a toucan crossing would be installed.”

A spokesman for Devon County Council confirmed that a video survey of the location would be taking place at the end of this month.

Mrs Bowman also said that officers would be considering if the situation had improved with the end of recent utility works on nearby Exeter Road, a concern echoed by Councillor Steve Gazzard.

He said: “I hope we are not going to rush into something, because now the road has reopened at Exeter Road a month ahead of schedule, and buses have gone back to their normal route, there has been an improvement in the number of vehicles that are backing up.”

Mrs Bowman also said that councillors had been assured that a potential crossing would include timing technology, to make sure that pedestrians were not able to constantly hold up traffic by pressing the button.

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