Tithebarn Lane Cycle Bridge

The construction of the final phase of Tithebarn Link Road started in April 2017 and is due to be completed in December 2017.

The new road will serve new housing developments at Redhayes and Mosshayne and will enable Anning Drive through Science Park to return to a private estate road. The scheme will also incorporate best practice design features for pedestrians and cyclists with segregated routes, side road priority and conveniently located crossing facilities, recognising future plans for a neighbourhood centre as part of the Redhayes development.

Part of this final phase is the construction of a new 3m wide, 60m span pedestrian/cycle bridge over the M5 motorway alongside the existing Tithebarn Lane Overbridge. This will improve pedestrian/cycle access between new developments west and east of the motorway.

Traffic management

To enable the cycle bridge to be built safely, traffic management will be required on Tithebarn Lane throughout the construction.

It will be necessary to close Tithebarn Lane for a minimum period of three weeks to allow the bridge to be assembled near the M5 Overbridge and then lifted into position.

It is anticipated that the closure will commence on 6 November 2017 for a minimum period of 3 weeks.

The closure points will be approximately 100m either side of the existing Tithebarn Lane M5 Overbridge.

Please note that if the first lift date is delayed or postponed due to, for example, adverse weather conditions, the closure will remain in place for an extended duration until a successful lift is achieved.

During the bridge lift the M5 will be fully closed both northbound and southbound between junctions 28 and 29 between the hours of 8pm – 8am.

More information about closures and diversions will be provided here nearer the time.


In the summer of 2015, as part of the first section of link road between Cumberland Way and Science Park, carriageway widening on the existing Tithebarn Lane Overbridge was carried out to achieve a consistent standard of road, capable of two-way traffic. This removed the southern footpath on the bridge.

It was, therefore, necessary to provide an additional safe and convenient pedestrian and cycle bridge over the motorway – it will complement the existing Redhayes Bridge by providing a greater choice of routes and increased accessibility for people travelling to and from housing and employment sites both sides of the M5.


The scheme is being funded through a combination of Highways England Growth and Housing Fund and developer contributions.

Local businesses

Exeter Science Park and Sunnymead Kennels will remain open as usual throughout the work.


If you require more information please call 0345 155 1004.