Station should be modern gateway

PUBLISHED: 15:45 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 4: THE Exmouth Public Transport Partnership believes creating a new travel interchange hub in the town would be a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' which should be grasped with both hands. The group says the public could expect a much-improved service if chan

THE Exmouth Public Transport Partnership believes creating a new travel interchange hub in the town would be a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' which should be grasped with both hands.The group says the public could expect a much-improved service if changes were made to update the existing tired facilities which date back to the 1970s.The current rail and bus station facilities are 'not of a high standard', said the partnership, because they date back to a period of decline in rail and bus usage and as a result have a poor layout and amenities.The partnership says the regeneration proposals are much-needed and would allow a thorough examination of the public transport facilities required in Exmouth - with a view to creating a high-quality public transport interchange.Exmouth Public Transport Partnership said: "The current railway station facility is dated and utilitarian in design and regeneration should present opportunities to rebuild the present facility to modern and attractive standards to blend with the high quality design expected on the site within the local plan policies."The group said once a modern interchange was in place, people could expect a 'high quality' service which would include:l Rail, bus and taxi access and interchange facilities to be focused around a high quality public space including Shopmobility - all within 30 metres of each other;l High quality, safe, secure and weatherproof waiting facilities with travel information, 'comfort' facilities, toilets, and CCTV coverage linked to the town centre system;l Safe, level access to the interchange for pedestrians and cyclists. Facilities for crossing the A376 and linking into the town centre and local residential areas;l A cycle hire facility to serve the Exe Trail;l Provision for car parking for public transport users and short term parking with set-down and pick-up facilities for disabled passengers;l A second platform to allow a frequent service;l Reduce signage to reduce clutter;l Attractive facilities and friendly staff to encourage visitors to the town;The partnership said there were a number of specific shortcomings with the town's existing facilities:l A lack of level access to the town centre without a longer detour on foot;l Access via an underpass which is dimly lit and unwelcoming;l Poor waiting facilities for both bus and rail passengers;l No provision for taxis over a period of some two years and only recently reintroduced in an informal arrangement;l Limited car parking and no clear drop-off facility;.l Poor provision for cyclists which has not been thought through.

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