Exeter Mobility Plan – InnovaSUMP project
Through the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan, planning is now underway for around another 35,000 dwellings and further employment land over the next 20 years or so within the Exeter travel to work area.
This level of development will require substantial improvements to the transport infrastructure in the Exeter area and the Transport strategy needs to be expanded beyond the current geographical area.
The Innovations in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans for low-carbon urban transport (InnovaSUMP) project will include a detailed study leading to a standalone transport plan for Exeter of low carbon transport options to improve sustainable mobility alongside the major growth plans. This plan will also feed into a wider five-year review of the LTP.
The project started in January 2017 and will run until 2021. The project involves partners from across Europe to promote shared learning of best practices from across the continent. Partners include Nicosia in Cyprus, Evosmos-Kordelio in Greece, Ravenna in Italy, Prague in the Czech Republic, Vilnius in Lithuania, Viseu, in Portugal and Iasi in Romania.
Overall objective of the InnovaSUMP project
To provide a strategic plan which is designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses in cities and their surroundings for a better quality of life. It builds on existing planning practices and takes due consideration of integration, participation, and evaluation principles.
The InnovaSUMP proposal aims to achieve better mobility, less congestion, improved safety and security with a substantial reduction of traffic congestion. The specific principle is that enhanced SUMPs will contribute to a low carbon economy.
Evidence is currently being produced to provide an overview of existing patterns and identify the key strengths and weaknesses of the areas transport system. This evidence will inform the strategy work in latter 2017, and a draft mobility plan will be consulted on in early 2018.
Devon has a strong track record in delivering sustainable transport measures and promotion of modal shift in Exeter, particularly through new rail stations, cycle infrastructure and travel behaviour programs. Securing funding from the InnovaSUMP project highlights the local authority’s ambition to further improve sustainable mobility within Exeter’s travel to work area.