Council calls for toucan crossing for Exmouth M&S customers
PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 April 2017
Town councillors have called for a traffic light crossing to be installed outside Exmouth's new M&S store, after shoppers crossing the road were blamed for causing congestion.
During the store’s opening weekend, councillors said a constant stream of customers reaching the store via the zebra crossing in Marine Way caused tailbacks reaching all the way to Summer Lane on the outskirts of the town.
At its April meeting, Exmouth Town Council agreed to write to Devon County Council (DCC) asking for a toucan crossing to be installed.
Councillor Lynne Elson said: “I’ve had quite a lot of representation from residents concerning increased traffic, stopped because of the pedestrian crossing outside the station being used to get to M&S.Traffic was backed up to Featherbed Lane on Saturday and on Sunday was backed up all the way to Summer Lane and further. I have approached DCC to ask that they do consider a toucan crossing or some sort of crossing with lights, as I have to say, for residents, travelling round it was awful.”
A DCC spokesman said: “The opening of a much-anticipated new store, combined with good weather and the start of the Easter Holidays, contributed to higher than usual usage of the pedestrian crossing over the weekend, which was not necessarily representative of what will be long-term average flows which we predict will be much lower.
“A contributing factor to traffic queuing may have also been the ongoing utility works being carried out by Wales and West, which have resulted in Exeter Road, one of the main routes into the town centre, being closed to through traffic.
“While we believe that this particular set of circumstances is unlikely to be repeated, we nevertheless will be carrying out our usual post-scheme monitoring over the next few months.”