Co-ordinated effort on Heavitree works
Local authorities, utilities and bus companies are co-ordinating their efforts to minimise the impact of major engineering works on residents, shoppers and businesses in Heavitree in Exeter.
South West Water is bringing forward its pipe re-lining scheme and will provide extra resources in order to progress the scheme in time for major enhancements to be carried out in the Fore Street area of Heavitree this summer.
The South West Water scheme will require an in-bound lane closure for ten weeks from 5 May. Police will monitor inbound traffic movements during peak hours to prevent illegal tailgating and parking. Traffic control will be used to help the flow of buses and traffic.
South West Water contractors will be working at either end of the project, at Honiton Road and Heavitree Road, for the initial fortnight to speed up the work. MIDAS is also taking the opportunity to co-ordinate its service connection works to its Almshouses re-development during the first week of work.
A £550,000 enhancement scheme funded by Exeter City Council and Devon County Council will start on 18 June and is expected to take 12 weeks.
The improvements will upgrade traffic signals at the junction of Fore Street, North Street and Church Street, the pedestrian crossing outside the Ship and Pelican pub will be moved, and Church Street will be made one way in between Fore Street and Alma Place. Natural stone paving will be laid on the footpaths around the junction and outside the Royal Oak pub, where Exeter City Council will also be providing a public art display.
Graham Murphy, Director of Engineering for South West Water, said: "Our £29 million water quality improvement scheme has already helped 'put the sparkle back' for thousands of homes and businesses throughout the city.
"When Devon County Council told us they wanted to do a programme of street improvements on Fore Street, we agreed to fast-track our plans and bring the work forward so that we didn't dig up the road they had just improved. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience these works may cause but we will be doing everything we can to keep residents, businesses and commuters informed as much as possible."
Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment, said: "These schemes have required a massive co-ordinated effort from everyone. To keep disruption to a minimum, some of the enhancement work will start during the South West Water lane closure period, as the water main works are being completed."
Following discussions with Stagecoach it has been agreed that the bus service S, which travels once every twelve minutes, will pass through the inbound lane closure between 7am and 10pm. Outside of these times it will use the designated diversion routes for buses which will be managed and signed by Stagecoach.
Other services will be maintained, but diverted during the inbound closure.
Passengers unable to travel direct to Heavitree on the diverted services will be able to use their ticket to travel on services from the city centre back to Heavitree.
Inbound traffic will be diverted from Honiton Road along Hill Barton Road, Cumberland Way, Pinhoe Road and Western Way. Diversion signs for the South West Water scheme will not go up until after the Great West Run has finished on 4 May.
The work and inbound closure will also be suspended during the Devon County Show from 15-17 May.
Emergency services have planned accordingly for the works and access for all emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. Parking restrictions will be enforced but residents and businesses will be informed in advance and notices will be placed on vehicles.
Businesses will be open as usual throughout the improvement works.
Published: 24 April 2008
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Services 56, 56A, 60, 380 and 387 will operate normal inbound routes to HonitonRoadPark and Ride then via Cumberland Way, Pinhoe Road and Blackboy Road to the bus station.
Services 52A, 52B and 52C will operate its normal inbound route to Middlemoor, then via Hill Barton Road, Pinhoe Road and Blackboy Road to the bus station.
|•||Service 971 will operate its normal route via the roadworks.|
Service A, during the first four weeks, will operate inbound on the normal route to Sweetbriar Lane then via Hamlin Lane to Pinhoe Road, Blackboy Road and Western Way to rejoin the normal route. During week four of the work it will operate outbound to Thornpark Rise, following the normal route to Heavitree Fore Street, then Whipton Lane to rejoin at Sweetbriar Lane.
During the first two weeks, Service D will operate its normal route to Sidmouth Road and then divert to Broadfields Road, Quarry Lane, Rifford Road before rejoining its usual route at East Wonford Hill. In weeks one to five, it will take the normal inbound route to East Wonford Hill, then Butts Lane, Bovemoors Lane, Church Lane, RD&E grounds, to Barrack Road, rejoining at Magdalen Road.
In the first week of works, Service H1 will operate its normal route to Honiton Road Vospers Garage, then via Middlemoor and Sidmouth Road, rejoining at the Sidmouth Road/Honiton Road junction.
Service SR4, during the first two weeks, will operate to HonitonRoadPark and Ride as normal, then Middlemoor, Sidmouth Road, Broadfields Road, Quarry Lane, Rifford Road, Wonford Street, Dryden Road, Barrack Road, Livery Dole before rejoining the normal route. From weeks three to ten, it will operate from Rifford Road, Wonford Street, Dryden Road, Barrack Road, Livery Dole and then via the normal route.