New bridge for Barnstaple town centre?

Posted on: 20 January 2017

North Devon Council and Devon County Council are consulting on options to improve links for pedestrians and cyclists between Anchorwood Bank and Barnstaple town centre.

The planning consent for Anchorwood Bank includes a £500,000 contribution from the developer towards an enhanced crossing over the river Taw for cyclists and pedestrians.

There are a number of ways in which crossing the river Taw could be improved – including a new bridge, or changes to the existing Long Bridge, to improve capacity. In consultation with Historic England, the councils have identified six crossing options.

Local residents and businesses are invited to consider these six options, and to provide feedback as to which options are considered most beneficial and deliverable.

Executive Member for economic development and regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “We are particularly interested to understand the views from businesses and organisations in the town centre, and from those who regularly use the town centre for shopping, services and eating out.

“Improving the ability to cross the river is important to ensure the town centre doesn’t lose trade from Asda and the other retail developments at Anchorwood Bank. We want to make sure the option we choose is best for the town and your views are really important. Please go online and have your say.”

The six options are explained on the council website. The main document sets out the options and provides a summary of the main benefits and issues, with a more detailed assessment of the options within Appendix B of the document.

Complete a feedback form online The deadline for feedback is 5pm on 2 March 2017. The full document can be downloaded from the council website. If you experience any problems downloading the document, email

2 comments on “New bridge for Barnstaple town centre?

  1. Susan says:

    From a commuting point of view it would make sense to have options B or C – however from a personal usage point of view I would prefer options D or E and I feel that this would improve the South West coastal path and avoid pedestrians and traffic mixing on or near the Old Bridge. I also think that these options will not detract from the look/view or status of the old bridge which needs to be maintained as an historic structure.

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