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Marsh Barton station work starts in weeks

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 4:42pm

By Daniel Clark, local democracy reporter

£16 million project agreed at last

Work is set to begin on the construction of the late-running Marsh Barton Railway Station next month.

Devon County Council’s cabinet has now unanimously granted approved for the construction of the £16 million project. 

At Wednesday’s meeting, Cllr Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: "It has been far from a smooth or easy journey to this point. This will be a destination station and help with the congestion we experience every day in normal times in Marsh Barton, and I look forward to the new station.”

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, also speaking in support of the station, added: “This is an important piece of infrastructure and although the price has increased, it’s not all for the station, as some of it is for the bridge on a very narrow lane, so we are also getting some highway improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. All in all, this is some really good news.”

No parking spaces will be provided for general use, as it is expected the station will primarily serve as a destination, and it is intended to encourage use of sustainable modes of transport.

The station will be funded by a variety of sources, including £1.3m each from Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council, £3m from the Department for Transport, and nearly £3m from the existing Local Transport Plan.

Although work begins in February, you might be a long time waiting for a train to stop.

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