Exmouth traders’ urgent plea: ‘Exeter Road is not closed for business’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 January 2017

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Exeter Road closures. Ref exe 01-17TI 4938. Picture: Terry Ife

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Traders in Exeter Road are urging customers not to be put off by the road closure signs – they are still open for business.

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Phase one of gas works to replace more than 700 metres of piping under the road began last week.

The work, which is due to take six months to complete, will close parts of Exeter Road between The Parade and Marine Way.

Motorists are being diverted away from Exeter Road and along Marine Way, but traders think there is an alternative route for shoppers.

Kelly Barnes, owner of Krispies fish and chip shop, said: “There are lots of other businesses that might not be able to survive that period.

“Exeter Road is open for business and we urge the community to continue to support us.

“The diversion sends people up around Marine Way, but you can drive around the Colony.”

Wales and West Utilities, which is carrying out the work, has released further details of the work.

Phase 1, which began last week, will see Exeter Road closed from All Saints Church to near the Lawn Road junction for around four weeks.

The second phase, due to begin on Monday, January 30, will see the road closed from Albion Hill to New Street for around five weeks.

On Monday, February 27, phase three is due to begin and will mean the section of road between New Street and Danby Terrace will be shut to traffic for around four weeks.

This will be followed by a two-week closure of the road between Lawn Road and Withycombe Road, due to begin on Monday, April 10.

The final phase of work is due to start a week later with Exeter Road due to be closed from Withycombe Road to the junction with Marine Way.

The Wales and West Utilities programme controller for the South West, Jim Lee, said: “This essential work is complex and last month we invited local people to find out more about the plans and how the work will impact them.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to support the area into the future.

“Replacing old metal gas pipes can be challenging and our plans may need to change.

“We will make sure people are kept updated of our progress.”


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