Welcome for Barnstaple station proposals

Scheme to improve life for pedestrians and cyclists welcomed.

A Barnstaple councillor has welcomed proposals to improve pedestrian and cycle access between the Longbridge and the town station.

Councillor Simon Harvey said he has been lobbying Devon County Council for several years to improve crossing points in the busy area of Station Road.

Plans to improve facilities and access at Barnstaple railway station have been factored into a �34 million county wide transport funding programme transport funding programme.

Last week the Gazette also reported how the council was looking separately at the possibility of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Taw from the Strand area to Anchorwood Bank, earmarked for redevelopment with a supermarket, housing, commercial and community facilities.

“It’s a positive result, especially in the current climate, that they’re looking at going ahead with this,” said Mr Harvey of the station crossing proposals.

“From the Longbridge to the station, although footpaths and cycle lanes do exist, you have to cross various junctions. It’s been needed for many years and once Tesco opened, you really do take your life in your hands to get across that road now.”

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Of the possibility of a new bridge, he added: “At every opportunity when talking about improvements for Barnstaple I have always raised this as something I felt was needed for the town and I am quite excited by the prospect this might actually come to fruition in the not-too-distant future.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, county council cabinet member for highways and transportation, said developer and Local Transport Plan funding was available to implement access improvements between the western end of Longbridge and the station.

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