Developers told to get a move on over Topsham bus shelter

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 January 2016

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Bloor Homes have been told to ‘get their act together’ as residents in Topsham continue to be left without a bus shelter.

The developers, who are building the Seabrook Orchards development on land off Topsham Road, have removed the nearby bus shelter because of BT junction works.

Elderly residents in nearby Newport Park have had to walk up the road towards Darts Farm entrance to get a bus.

Bloor Homes has said a new bus shelter should be in place by early March, but Exeter city councillor Rob Newby wants action taken now.

Cllr Newby said: “I think Bloor Homes need to get their act together and they need to sort this out sooner than March as it is not conducive for young and elderly residents. I do realise, however, that works like this have to take place.

“I would urge motorists to be extra vigilant for elderly pedestrians, as they don’t always use road crossings and can take their lives in their own hands by darting out in front of traffic.”

The city councillor said he would continue to work with his colleague, Devon county councillor for Topsham Andrew Leadbetter, to resolve this issue.

Bloor Homes was granted planning permission unanimously in 2014 to build 800 homes by Exeter City Council.

The developers have promised improved transport links for Topsham, a new community hall and school site, thanks to section 106 contributions from them.

Bloor Homes, in a statement, apologised for ‘any inconvenience’ and said that the BT junction works should be completed on Friday, January 22 (tomorrow).

A spokesperson for the developers said: “Bloor Homes apologises for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the bus stop, which is an unavoidable necessity in order to protect the public during the construction of the new junction works.

“The required diversion of the existing BT cables is due to be completed by January 22, prior to Bloor being able to progress the junction works further. The new bus stop is anticipated to come into operation by early March.”


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