Store bid spotlights transport

PUBLISHED: 15:55 10 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10: THE expectations for a new public transport interchange in Exmouth will be laid out next week, as proposals for the new estuary side superstore development gather pace. On Monday night, town councillors will hear about the need for a rail, bus and taxi in

THE expectations for a new public transport interchange in Exmouth will be laid out next week, as proposals for the new estuary side superstore development gather pace.On Monday night, town councillors will hear about the need for a rail, bus and taxi interchange.A 'touchstone' document drafted by Exmouth's Public Transport Partnership - the district and town councils, Stagecoach buses, First Great Western, Exmouth Taxi Association , Exmouth Community Association, Cyclepath Exmouth and the Avocet Line Rail Users Group - will outline a greater role for public transport.The report is backed by statistics showing that the Exeter to Exmouth Avocet Line is the most heavily used branch line in the southwest with over one million passengers a year; that the town's taxi trade is 'vibrant' and there is a need to alleviate car congestion on the A376. The report adds: "The proposed visitors centre may also provide additional related public transport needs such as 'Safari' trips to Woodbury Common, the AONB and other local areas of wildlife interest."The potential for these public services to grow as the pressure for sustainable transport alternatives grows is significant and therefore the importance of a well designed transport hub at Exmouth cannot be over emphasised."Regeneration proposals provide an opportunity which will not occur in the near future so good design and planning now is important.

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