Consultation to be held regarding proposed Topsham bridge

PLANS to construct a new bridge crossing over the River Clyst at Fishers Mill, Topsham, are to go on show today. Devon County Council is proposing to develop a combined cycle and foot bridge to provide an additional link to the Exe Estuary Trail and the c

PLANS to construct a new bridge crossing over the River Clyst at Fishers Mill, Topsham, are to go on show today.

Devon County Council is proposing to develop a combined cycle and foot bridge to provide an additional link to the Exe Estuary Trail and the cycle network already being developed in the area.

As part of a consultation process, the county council will hold a public consultation at the Globe Hotel today, February 25, from 10am until 7.30pm.

It is hoped the scheme will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists who have to use the existing narrow Clyst Bridge at Fishers Mill which carries traffic along the busy commuter route between Topsham and Clyst St George.


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Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Councillor for Topsham, said he had been pushing for the crossing for many years and he was delighted things were progressing on the matter.

Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highways and transportation at Devon County Council, said: "Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see a number of options for the bridge.

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"This is a great opportunity for people to have their say."

Mr Hughes added: "This scheme will be a great asset for the area and I'm sure it will become an important link to the Exe Estuary Trail, which is proving extremely popular.

"By improving safety, it will also encourage more people to cycle and walk, whether that is in their leisure time or on their journey to work or school."

Devon County Council staff will be on hand at the exhibition to explain and discuss the proposals and answer any queries relating to the scheme.

The plans are also available to view by visiting the following web link at: www.devon.gov.uk/fisherbridge

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