County council to rethink Topsham bridge narrowing proposal

PUBLISHED: 19:01 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

A TOPSHAM publican has welcomed a county council rethink over a proposal to narrow a busy traffic lane on a bridge to make way for cyclists and pedestrians.

A TOPSHAM publican has welcomed a county council rethink over a proposal to narrow a busy traffic lane on a bridge to make way for cyclists and pedestrians.

Devon County Council has faced strong objections since proposing to narrow the road over the Fishers bridge that crosses the river Clyst - to make way for traffic lights, and a shared pedestrian and cycle route.

Because a number of alternatives have since been suggested by the community, the county council has announced it is to re-examine ways of providing a route across the river.

Nigel and Caroline Cheffers-Heard, of the Bridge Inn, who offered to give up part of their land to make way for a separate cycle and footpath, said they were pleased the community was being properly consulted.

"We are extremely pleased that the council's highways department is looking at the alternatives," said Mr Cheffers-Heard.

Devon County Council said options suggested by the community combined with the provisional offer of land on each side of the Clyst meant previous studies undertaken into other means of providing a route across the river for pedestrians and cyclists should be re-examined.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council executive member for environment, said: "We have listened to residents and businesses, and their comments will inform our work in looking again at all different ways of achieving this scheme.

"A dedicated route across the River Clyst would provide a great asset for the area, and by offering a safer route, more people would be encouraged to cycle and walk which would benefit their health and local environment.


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