Transport planning

Newton Abbot east – west shared use path

Newton Abbot is expanding, with more than 4,000 new homes planned for the next 20 years, including those recently constructed. A significant amount of this housing is to the west of Newton Abbot within the new developments of Houghton Barton and Hele Park.

These housing developments (along with existing housing on the Ashburton Road corridor) are within walking and cycling distance of the town centre and other local amenities including:

  • Rail station (linking to more frequent services to Exeter from December 2018) Coombeshead and Newton Abbot College secondary schools
  • Newton Abbot University Technical College
  • Stover Trail walking and cycling route
  • Employment sites including Brunel and Decoy industrial estates

To help reduce traffic congestion along main routes such as Ashburton Road we would like to reduce the number of short car trips made and encourage more walking and cycling.

It is proposed that the existing footway along Ashburton Road (between Greenaway Road and Mile End Road) is widened to create a new shared walking and cycling path, with additional new crossings on Exeter Road and Jetty Marsh Road.

The proposed shared use path and crossings will offer pedestrians and cyclists of all ages a safe, convenient and direct route, particularly for children travelling to local schools. Enabling more residents to walk and cycle to local destinations will help Newton Abbot become a cleaner and more vibrant community, with less traffic congestion, reduced CO2 emissions and improved air quality.

The Scheme

Devon County Council successfully delivered shared path improvements on Ashburton Road from Greenaway Road to Exeter Road in 2015, building on previous improvements around Coombeshead College (known as phase 1).

We are proposing 1.2 km of pathway improvements along Ashburton Road, between Greenaway Road and Mile End Road (phase 2A and 2B). In addition, new parallel crossings are proposed on Exeter Road and Jetty Marsh Road. The existing toucan crossing on Jetty Marsh Road will also be changed to a parallel crossing (phase 3).

The path improvements in phase 2 will include the following work:

  • Widening the existing footway from Greenaway Road to Mile End Road to 3 metres to provide space for pedestrians and cyclists to use the path safely together.
  • Junction modifications at Greenaway Road, Mapleton Close, Oak Park Road, Laurie Avenue, Elmwood Avenue and Applegarth Close which include junction narrowing, flat-top road humps and road surface treatment, making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross these junctions.
  • New crossings on Ashburton Road including a puffin crossing near Broadlands Avenue for pedestrians and a large refuge island crossing near Barton Drive for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Minor highway widening including tree removal between Mile End Road and Barton Drive as required to maintain enough carriageway width.
  • Bus stop modifications to ensure enable enough width for the shared use path.

More information and a map of the scheme can be found here.

Detailed plans

To view or download the plans for Phase 2 (A and B), please click on the links below:

Costs and funding

The full scheme is estimated to cost £1.6m.

The funding will come from a number of sources including the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund, Local Transport Plan, The Heart of South West Local Enterprise Partnership (as part of the Houghton Barton package) and developer contributions through Teignbridge District Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy.

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t cyclists stay on the road?

Confident cyclists are still able to ride on the road. However shared use paths encourage and empower less confident cyclists to travel by bicycle and, compared to cycling on the road, it is usually safer, especially for children.

Will pedestrians be in danger on the shared use path?

Devon County Council’s Share This Space initiative encourages all highway users to be polite, courteous and take responsibility for their actions on roads and paths. See Share this space for more information.

Will existing parking be removed?

No, however, double yellow lines will be introduced at the Greenaway Road Junction to encourage safer parking, in accordance with the Highway Code.

What happens when cyclists need to cross driveways?

Hatched marking will be used to direct cyclists away from concealed entrances. However, pedestrians and cyclists should watch out for cars entering or exiting driveways and never assume a driver has seen them. Drivers entering or exiting the driveway should drive slowly and take extra care.

What happens next?

The scheme will be delivered in phases. The design for phase 2A and phase 3 will be completed in August 2017 and in September 2017 County Council Cabinet approval will be sought for the whole scheme as shown on the map.

If approved, phase 2A and phase 3 will start in November 2017.

The full scheme is expected to be completed by 2019, however, the timing of phase 2B is yet to be confirmed. The continuation of pedestrian and cycle facilities to the west of Mile End Road will be incorporated into the new developments.