Poll welcomes end of line for Exmouth subway

PUBLISHED: 06:55 28 January 2014

A view of the artwork in the underpass leading to Exmouth bus and train stations. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0334-03-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

A view of the artwork in the underpass leading to Exmouth bus and train stations. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0334-03-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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SOME Exmouth residents say that the pedestrian subway at the Imperial Road roundabout is ‘dangerous’ at night, “a bit dingy” and could benefit from improved lighting.

But others have no problem with the dated underpass – a vital link between the town and the railway station – and are happy to use it in the dark.

The mixed views emerged during street interviews carried out by the Journal in the wake of a European transport adviser setting out his vision for Exmouth’s future.

Recently Plymouth University’s Dr Chris Irwin heavily criticised the current subway, saying it didn’t provide ‘easy access’ to the town and was a struggle for some to use.

“The subway? It’s good in some ways,” said Kat Mrazova, a 31-year-old mother from Exmouth. “It should have better light, other than that it’s fine.”

“I wouldn’t come down it at night,” said Catherine Wilson, 65, from Exmouth. “When I used to use the trains, I always made sure I tried to get back in daylight, or would follow somebody down. I wouldn’t think it’s nice at night.”

“It’s OK,” said Izzy Ferrazzano, a 19-year-old student from Exmouth. “I use it during the day when I’m walking into town from the station, rather than walking across the road. I don’t tend to use it at night. I’d be a bit scared to walk through by myself.”

“It’s a bit dingy. I don’t use it regularly,” said Matthew Feeny, 20, from Exmouth, a chef at David Lloyd at Exeter. “I use it at night. I don’t think it’s particularly dangerous. Sometimes it can be a bit slippy at night.”

“I wouldn’t use it at night,” said Stan Aron, 49, from Exmouth.

“It’s really good and I like it,” said Megan Downs, a 17-year-old student at Exeter College. “I take the train every day from 9am to nearly 8pm at night. I think it’s perfectly normal.”

“As it stands, it’s not good but it can be improved,” said Roma Patten from Exmouth, 65 plus. “There’s provision for lighting that’s been taken out at some stage. The youngsters who did their bit of [art] work on it is very good, it does play a part. It’s not suitable for everybody.”

Despite the differing views, nearly everyone welcomed plans – outlined in last week’s Journal - to fill the subway in and replace it with a continental-style “station square” as part of an improved transport interchange.

“Sounds good,” said Catherine Wilson.

“Brilliant!” said Megan Downs.

“Sounds like a good plan,” said Brian Hampson, 61, from Exmouth.

“It would be wonderful,” said Roma Patten.

“It’s a good idea,” said Izzy Ferrazzano.

“That could be nice,” said Kat Mrazova.

“That certainly sounds a lot better than how it is now,” said Matthew Feeny. “The station is a bit cut-off.”

● What do readers think about Exmouth’s pedestrian subway? Do you avoid it and why? Email exmouth.letters@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • If any council members were switched on, they would fill in the subway and build a nicenew supermarket on the roundabout, which would be "inclusive" to the town centre. The road could be 're routed and run beside the railway to follow the estuary side through the currently underused lorry park joining the roundabout by the rugby club. Try going to Newton Abbot and see how busy the town is since Asda! Not the ghost town we were told it would become by the anti supermarket brigade. How much longer will we let the "thieves" at Tesco continue to hold us to ransome with short dated food and veg that is rotten when you buy it, they have had a monopoly in this town for far too long. We need competition in town to draw customers to the town. With a road change and some thought,we could have a thriving town centre and a great supermarket.

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    Ian Woolger

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • If any council members were switched on, they would fill in the subway and build a nicenew supermarket on the roundabout, which would be "inclusive" to the town centre. The road could be 're routed and run beside the railway to follow the estuary side through the currently underused lorry park joining the roundabout by the rugby club. Try going to Newton Abbot and see how busy the town is since Asda! Not the ghost town we were told it would become by the anti supermarket brigade. How much longer will we let the "thieves" at Tesco continue to hold us to ransome with short dated food and veg that is rotten when you buy it, they have had a monopoly in this town for far too long. We need competition in town to draw customers to the town. With a road change and some thought,we could have a thriving town centre and a great supermarket.

    Report this comment

    Ian Woolger

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • If any council members were switched on, they would fill in the subway and build a nicenew supermarket on the roundabout, which would be "inclusive" to the town centre. The road could be 're routed and run beside the railway to follow the estuary side through the currently underused lorry park joining the roundabout by the rugby club. Try going to Newton Abbot and see how busy the town is since Asda! Not the ghost town we were told it would become by the anti supermarket brigade. How much longer will we let the "thieves" at Tesco continue to hold us to ransome with short dated food and veg that is rotten when you buy it, they have had a monopoly in this town for far too long. We need competition in town to draw customers to the town. With a road change and some thought,we could have a thriving town centre and a great supermarket.

    Report this comment

    Ian Woolger

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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