Transport & Mobility

GALLERY

Kidical Mass returns to Exeter's streets

Hundreds of people took part in Exeter's third Kidical Mass family bike ride on Saturday as part of a global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

E3 cycle route Chard Road modal filter

COMMENT

Exeter cycling & walking strategy five years late and counting

County council soft-pedalling on infrastructure plan which city council says will not form part of new Exeter Local Plan despite Department for Transport guidance.

Stagecoach app showing Exeter bus service delays and cancellations

ANALYSIS

Bus back better? Exeter services expected to remain unfit for purpose without needed changes

Government underfunding and bus sector challenges limit scope for improvement but county council failure to upgrade routes and policy ambitions plus high housing costs make Exeter difficulties acute, undermining net zero aspirations.

Church Road traffic congestions

ANALYSIS

Alphington "enhancements" will not mitigate traffic impact from massive South West Exeter extension

County council manipulates public consultation and allocates just 1% of £55 million grant to pedestrian scheme while spending 75% on new roads and increased road capacity for 3,500 new cars expected on greenfield housing estate.

Magdalen Road public consultation results option preferences bar chart

ANALYSIS

£900,000 to keep Magdalen Road one-way system despite decisive public support for low traffic street

County council misrepresented and omitted key public consultation findings in report and did not publish results until after decision taken in favour of option with only 18% public support. Exeter Observer snapshot survey finds 90%+ motor vehicles passing shops are through traffic.

GALLERY

Kidical Mass Exeter: "The best day ever"

300 people took part in the first Kidical Mass Exeter family bike ride on Sunday 15 May as part of a global campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    More talk less action

    The county council has derived more surprising new insights from the second phase of a consultation on the impact of traffic in Heavitree and Whipton...

    TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Buses stop

    Exeter’s Labour county councillors successfully lobbied County Hall to convene an unscheduled meeting of the Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HaTOC) yesterday to discuss the state of bus services in the city...

    TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Not such an honourable mention

    Cranbrook’s appearance in a recent Transport for New Homes report examining new housing developments across England to find out whether they are built around sustainable transport or car dependency does not exactly celebrate the satellite town’s mobility provision...

    TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Cargo bike carrying kids in Exeter

    COMMENT

    If you think electric vehicles are the answer, you're asking the wrong question

    Mike Walton of Exeter Cycling Campaign says we shouldn't be seduced by the motoring lobby into believing that electric cars can create the future we and our children need.

    RMT campaign sticker on Exeter bus shelter

    NEWS

    Stagecoach strike to take place following failed pay negotiations

    Transport union RMT says Stagecoach pay offer is unsatisfactory and demands better conditions as staff shortages threaten services.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Bonanza on the buses

    There was no shortage of hyperbole to accompany last Sunday’s opening of Exeter’s glamorous new bus station...

    TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Peninsula Transport vision document cover image

    NEWS

    30 year plan for SW transport outlined in consultation document

    Strategic vision places investment in roads ahead of decarbonisation despite acknowledging the region's high car dependency rate.

    Train at Okehampton Station in 2015

    NEWS

    Okehampton to Exeter "Dartmoor Line" passenger rail service reinstatement confirmed

    £40 million Department for Transport "Restoring your Railway" funding to enable trains every two hours by end of this year, with plans to increase to hourly service during 2022. Stakeholders combine to get South West infrastructure needs onto Whitehall agenda.

    Pedestrians and people waiting at bus stop on Exeter Cowick Street

    NEWS

    Council abandons temporary COVID-19 cycling and walking safety plans in Exeter city centre

    Devon County Council cites "pushback" from traders as schemes on North Street, South Street, Fore Street and Cowick Street are scrapped. Meanwhile temporary changes in Topsham are dropped after "snap poll".

    Cyclists, pedestrians and cars compete for space on Union Road, Exeter, 1 June 2020

    NEWS

    Devon County Council fails to deliver promised COVID-19 cycling and walking infrastructure

    Deadline for action on social distancing for safe travel set by county cabinet member passes despite Devon receiving £1.7 million share of government emergency fund.

    Department for Transport New Road Layout for Social Distancing coronavirus road sign

    ANALYSIS

    Coronavirus exposes council failure to deliver Exeter transport plans

    Devon County Council's failure to deliver overdue Exeter transport strategy and cycling and walking plan has led to an inadequate response to government demands for emergency coronavirus road layout changes.

    Exeter Cathedral and Quay car park top deck

    NEWS

    Coronavirus halts decision to spend £3.9 million on car park repairs and upgrade

    Exeter City Council spending plans will be revisited in June at same time as Net Zero Exeter carbon reduction plan is discussed by Executive.

    Country Bus G service to Exeter Quay

    ANALYSIS

    An integrated public transport service for Devon remains a distant aspiration

    A change to Exeter's G bus service operator has revealed the limits of Devon County Council's approach to transport system integration.

    Dutch living streets woonerf sign

    ANALYSIS

    We already know what to do about the climate crisis. We must get on with doing it as fast as we can.

    Exeter and Devon council leaders must begin rapid regional decarbonisation now. The quickest, cheapest way to cut emissions in Exeter is to deter combustion engines from entering the city. Clean air legislation offers a basis for action.

    Historic Exe Bridge traffic

    COMMENT

    Streets are for people, not cars

    Cars adversely affect economic output, air quality and wellbeing, take up valuable space when parked and discourage people from walking and cycling when driven. Reducing their use would enhance Exeter's retail and leisure offer, improve public health and attract needed workers to the city.


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    Planning & Place
    The Gorge co-living block classic studio room floorplan

    NEWS

    First Exeter "co-living" block comes on stream with rooms at £946pcm+

    Even "affordable" rooms in six storey 133-unit Gladstone Road block would leave many local key workers living below minimum income threshold.

    Summerland Street co-living block redevelopment site

    NEWS

    Council paves way for 186-bed "co-living" block in Summerland Street

    Freedom of information request reveals intended scale of development after executive committee takes decision behind closed doors.

    Exeter City Futures Exeter Development Fund presentation slide

    COMMENT

    Exeter Development Fund: rent extraction, unaffordable housing and gentrification, but not net zero

    Exeter City Futures' private debt-driven Liveable Exeter property development financing scheme is under fire from councillors who say it is based on insufficiently-evidenced assumptions and won't meet Exeter's housing needs.

    Arts & Culture
  • THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER 2022

    Spork! open mic night

    Headlinder Charice Bharwaj will lead an evening of spoken word entertainment.

    LITTLE DROP OF POISON

  • FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER & SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2022

    Pop-up curiosity shop

    Agile Rabbit is hosting a two day science and culture-themed event featuring music, live art, interactive exhibits and games, talks and workshops.

    MAKETANK

  • WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2022

    Mother Tongue

    Mothers Who Make and Spork! present a lunchtime spoken word event for mother artists and audiences with caring roles.

    MAKETANK

  • Climate & Environment
    Extinction Rebellion UK tour bus outside Exeter City Council's Paris Street offices

    COMMENT

    World car free day ignored in Exeter as Extinction Rebellion challenges council climate inaction

    Protestors gathered outside council offices as CEO Karime Hassan posed for photo with construction company development manager at Princesshay promotion.

    Exeter City Futures website - vision & mission summary

    ANALYSIS

    University emissions study confirms Net Zero Exeter plan redundancy

    Council retains Exeter City Futures' services despite history of delivery failures and lack of capacity to support defined decarbonisation targets.

    Rob Hannaford and Karime Hassan at Exeter City Council's June 2022 strategic scrutiny committee meeting

    COMMENT

    Net Zero Exeter accountability under scrutiny

    Exeter City Council's response to the climate crisis has so far been characterised by numerous failings. Unfortunately its attitude towards accountability for its actions in this area is also cause for concern.

    Democracy & Governance
  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Race in pole position

    Exeter Labour looks set to pick Steve Race as the party’s parliamentary candidate at the next general election after retiring incumbent Ben Bradshaw anointed his former assistant as his heir apparent in what has been a fairly safe Labour seat since the 1997 landslide...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    Bundling boards

    The third in a series of city council scrutiny meetings intended to satisfy councillors that Exeter Development Fund is a way to put Exeter on the map rather than the council’s financial viability at risk took place last week...

    DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE

  • Exeter City Council 2022 annual meeting 17 May 2022

    ANALYSIS

    Labour councillors appointed to all fourteen city council committee chairs at annual meeting

    Council leader falsely claims "overwhelming majority" voted Labour in Exeter local elections while circumvention of council decision-making scrutiny continues.

    Community & Society
  • THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER 2022

    Sourdough bread-making by night

    St. Sidwell's Community Centre is running autumn evening sourdough pizza and pitta-making courses.

    SIDWELL STREET BAKEHOUSE

  • SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2022

    Herbal history, folklore & medicine

    Exeter Seed Bank is holding a workshop exploring common local herbs and plants with medical herbalist Ile Ashcroft.

    EXETER PHOENIX

  • SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2022

    Kidical Mass is back

    Kidical Mass Exeter is holding its third family bike ride and picnic as part of an ongoing campaign for safe cycling routes for children, young people and families.

    NORTHERNHAY GARDENS

  • Economy & Enterprise
    Exeter City Council government borrowing 2014-2022 bar chart

    ANALYSIS

    Council borrowing nearly triples in three years as property acquisitions and development loans mount

    Freedom of information request reveals five paragraph "outline business plan" for £55 million Guildhall shopping centre investment.

    Exeter 2020 net internal migration by age group bar chart

    ANALYSIS

    Exeter beset by unaffordable housing, low graduate retention and economically inactive over 50's

    Exeter City Council executive ignores key challenges flagged in major council-commissioned employment and skills research report.

  • NOTES & SKETCHES

    How to inflate housing costs and influence people

    Despite Exeter’s rapidly worsening housing crisis, the council has continued its relentless promotion of the city as a destination to potential incomers by commissioning a coterie of Instagram influencers to flog the place to their followers after spending a May weekend here...

    ECONOMY & ENTERPRISE