Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

A bridge too far?

PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 May 2014

One of the possible routes of the new multi-use track

One of the possible routes of the new multi-use track

Archant

A BRIDGE over the A3052 at The Bowd could double the cost of a long-awaited East Devon cycle and walking trail - already expected to cost £1.4million.

An example of the type of bridge that could be used to span the A3052 at BowdAn example of the type of bridge that could be used to span the A3052 at Bowd

The prediction is made in a feasibility study looking at the possibility of developing a 16km multi-use route linking Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Feniton.

The well-established concept - of a link that broadly follows the line of the dismantled railway - has been explored in detail by sustainable travel charity Sustrans.

The study reviews a number of route options. Many sections of the old railway have been built on, and 28 private landowners have so far been identified by Sustrans. The charity has also assessed the benefits and challenges of developing a multi-use trail across East Devon, at an estimated cost of around £1.4 million.

However, the provision of a bridge over the A3052 at The Bowd, Sidmouth, would potentially double the construction total.

Another potential option for the A3052 at Bowd is an at-grade crossing with a central refugeAnother potential option for the A3052 at Bowd is an at-grade crossing with a central refuge

Any possible trail, delivered in sections over several years, would serve 26,000 residents.

The aim would be to develop a route that is convenient, safe, accessible and attractive, in order to provide communities with a realistic alternative to the car to encourage people to travel by foot, cycle or horse.

It could generate around £600,000-a-year of extra spending in the area from visitors.

Paul Hawkins, of Sustrans, said: “Linking up these communities with a safe route is very appealing and would provide both tourism and local commuting benefits. Delivery of a whole route would be complex, involve many stakeholders and take many years, but with careful planning sections could be delivered.”

Devon County Council is committed to investing in cycling.

Highways chief, Councillor Stuart Hughes said: “This report is useful in highlighting future possibilities, but it has to be remembered that this trail is a long term ambition rather than something which can be achieved overnight.”

Other News Stories

St John’s School pupils dressed in blue and took a dip in the pool to raise money for two worthy charities on World Water Day.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30

A teacher is leading a sponsored walk from Newton Poppleford to thank a charity for its support after he suffered a heart attack.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

St George battled a dragon but the variety in The Byes this Sunday (April 23) will be altogether friendlier bunch.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:12

A Sidmouth College pupil is gearing up for a four-week volunteering mission in South America.

Read more
Fri, 19:23

A woman who has worked ‘tirelessly’ for Ottery for more than a decade has been named the town’s Citizen of the Year.

Read more
Fri, 16:30

Competitors of all ages and abilities will be battling the ocean – and each other – in races in Sidmouth this June.

Read more
Fri, 11:40

A businesswoman is urging revelers to be vigilant after two of her friends reportedly had their drinks ‘spiked’ over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Read more
Fri, 11:03

Sidmouth Musical Theatre has been presenting 42nd Street to packed and enthusiastic houses at the Manor Pavilion Theatre.

Read more
Fri, 10:58

Fire fighters were called to an Ottery St Mary home after reports of a blaze in a kitchen yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

Read more
Fri, 10:23

John Hounsell will skydive in aid of Force on June 4 at Dunkeswell and has raised more than £3,000.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications