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New stations planned to boost Metro links

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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Residents and businesses are being asked to comment on proposals for two new railway stations in Exeter.

Views are being sought in advance of formal planning applications being registered for the stations at Newcourt and Marsh Barton.

The stations will form a central part of plans to improve rail services through the Devon Metro initiative.

The station at Newcourt would be adjacent to the former Royal Naval Stores Depot development area, and would be just over 10 minutes from the city centre.

At Marsh Barton the station would be centrally located within the trading estate near the rail bridge served off Alphin Brook Road.

It is hoped that the latter station will relieve pressure on the A379 and Countess Wear from those commuting to the estate from south and east Devon. It will also increase public transport access to the Riverside Valley Park.

Both new stations will have similar facilities to those at Digby and Sowton, and will be connected to the city's walking and cycling networks.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, county councillor for St Loye's and Topsham, said he hoped that the Newcourt station could be operational in two years' time.

He added: "It's encouraging that we are consulting and involving the local residents at an early stage. I look forward to when the station is open, offering an alternative mode of transport to local residents, while also helping to reduce congestion on local roads, including Topsham Road."

Alphington and Cowick county councillor Vanessa Newcombe said: "I welcome the progress of the proposal to put a new railway station in Marsh Barton. It will be a great asset to the area."

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon's cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "Plans are still being developed and while this is at a relatively early stage of the process we want to hear the thoughts of local businesses and local residents.

"There will obviously be more consultation once the plans have been developed and the formal process for applications is under way."

Comments should be emailed to transportplanning@devon.gov.uk, or they can be posted to Transport Planning, Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD.

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