Frequently asked questions

As a regular driver on this road, will I still be able to drive through during the construction work?

Yes, most of the time the road will be accessible during the construction period.

If the road has to be closed for a small period this will be done at night and details will be provided on the website of any upcoming closures. Enough advertising will be done to let the road users know of the disruptions.

How likely are delays to traffic during construction of the scheme?

The construction works have been carefully planned to reduce the need for temporary traffic signals and to minimise the disruption to traffic.

During construction, traffic lanes on Cumberland Way will be narrowed and a temporary speed limit imposed to protect the public and workforce.

Some works will require traffic signals, and these will be undertaken during off-peak hours when traffic flows will be lower.

On a small number of occasions, it will be necessary to close Cumberland Way to through traffic. This will be done overnight, and diversion routes will be clearly signed.

Will access to Hollow Lane, Hart’s Lane and Pilton Lane be restricted?

For periods during construction, Hollow Lane and Pilton Lane will be closed at their junctions with Cumberland Way and Pinhoe Road respectively. During these temporary closures, diversion routes will be clearly signed.

Hart’s Lane will remain accessible for pedestrians and cyclists during the construction work.

When the work is finished, will the carriageway be narrower?

The carriageway before the construction begins is larger than necessary for a 30 mph zone. After the work is done, some sections will be narrower but the carriageway will remain adequate to use for a 30 mph zone.

As a pedestrian or cyclist, will I still be able to access this road during construction work?

Yes, routes will be maintained for both pedestrians and cyclists during the construction work.

As a nearby resident, will there be any overnight work during the construction and will the noise be considerable?

Some overnight work will be necessary for activities that need the road to be closed to reduce traffic disruption. Noisy operation will be completed before 11:00pm.

Why is the cycle track being constructed when cycle facilities already exist?

The existing cycle facilities are a mixture of advisory on-road lanes and shared paths. The on-road cycle lanes offer no protection to cyclists from other traffic, which for some cyclists can be a factor that deters them from cycling.

The proposed cycle track will be separated from the road by a buffer which will provide better protection to the cyclists and pedestrians, which will encourage people to use the route.

Why can’t cyclists and pedestrians share a common path?

The E4 Cycle Route will be a high quality facility, which cyclists are intended to use to get between Redhayes Bridge and the University.

On this section of the route, there are few junctions or points where pedestrians need to cross over. Therefore, it is in the best interests of all users of the route to segregate pedestrians and cyclists, which will improve the experience and safety of both users.

How many cyclists use the route now?

Existing cycle counts of 250 cycles per day (37 per hour peak flow) at Prince Charles Road.

How many cyclists will use the route in the future?

With the planned residential development on the eastern side of Exeter, the route is designed to cater for 150-300 cyclists per hour.

Is it good value for money?

The route offers residents better quality cycling, segregated from traffic and pedestrians and provides links to work education and leisure destinations. Designs follow the highest possible quality for pedestrians and cyclists and will stand out from existing cycle routes. It is the first bi-directional cycle route built in Devon, and it shows the council is proactive in enabling and promoting cycling as a key mode of transport.

How are we doing with the rest of the route and why choose this section on the edge of Exeter, when will the rest be built?

The section along Cumberland Way and Pinhoe Road has been progressed as a priority due to the proposed housing developments that have come forward either side of Cumberland Way. An added benefit of progressing this section first is the route’s visibility; it could act as a showcase cycle route to attract further funding.

Detailed design is being drawn up for the next section of the route between Pinhoe Road, Exhibition Way, Eastern Fields and St Katherine’s way. Proposals include building a cycle and pedestrian bridge adjacent to the railway line, crossing Summer Lane. It is hoped that NPIF2 bid will fund some of the construction of this route.

The third phase between Prince Charles Road, Union Road and Prince of Wales Road is still in preliminary stages.

Why is money being spent on cyclists and not on fixing potholes?

Maintenance of Devon’s roads is carried out in accordance with our planned structural maintenance programme, based on sound asset management principles, which means that the investment is prioritised on the busiest roads.

In accordance with national guidelines, County Council policy stipulates that a pothole must be of a certain size and depth to be classed as a safety defect.

Defects, including potholes, within the scheme extents will be addressed as part of the works where possible.

Some of the maintenance work that is planned as part of this scheme includes: upgrading the traffic signal equipment at the controlled crossing near Hollow Lane, and cleansing and repairing the highway drainage system on Cumberland Way.