Arguably, traffic congestion is one of the biggest problems facing Exeter today. A growing population and increases in people living in, visiting and working in the city mean that this will only become a bigger challenge and a potential inhibitor to future economic growth and quality of life. The road network already lacks resilience to major incidents on the motorway and any further development of land for housing and employment will potentially have a negative impact on the City’s road network and safety when using it.
Devon County Council, as the Transport Authority, are working with Exeter Council and local transport providers to manage the impact of traffic on the highway network and are implementing a range of congestion management solutions. However, financial constraints are restricting what can be done by any individual authority or organisation alone to mitigate the impact of continuing economic growth.
As Exeter continues to grow and we build the housing numbers required to support this growth it is critical that we find a way to work together to ensure that we can meet our vision of a safer, more connected city that remains to be a great place to live.