Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.”
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