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 our road network.
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 connected city that is a great place to live.
In a Net Zero Exeter, journey times will be reliable and the transport network will be resilient to major incidents.
- Exeter’s public transport shall be fully accessible to all people – including those with limited mobility – due to improved infrastructure, vehicles and information.
- Exeter’s roads shall be safe for everyone using them; default speed limits in high-density areas shall be reduced to 20mph, and our roads shall be ranked amongst the safest in the UK.
- Exeter’s buses shall be punctual, unimpeded by congestion on the roads, resulting in an increase in passenger numbers year on year with growth supporting investment into these services.
- Exeter’s transport network shall be both reliable and resilient to major incidents on regional roads; ensuring that Exeter residents can be confident that they can reach their destination in a consistent time from day to day.
- Exeter shall have a network of safe cycling and walking routes and a reliable and efficient public transport service that ensures all residents can access major employers, healthcare and educational institutions in under 1 hour.
- New housing and commercial developments in Exeter shall be designed in such a way as to not require ownership of a private car, ensuring additional burden is not added to the network.