Marsh Barton is Exeter’s largest trading estate, and one of the largest employment sites in the region, with around 6,000 existing jobs planned to increase to 8,000 jobs. The Estate attracts large numbers of commuters in the peak periods, but has poor transport links. With extremely limited alternatives to the private car, the estate attracts considerable numbers of car trips through congested corridors including the A379, Bridge Road, Topsham Road, A377 Alphington Road and the junction at Countess Wear.
Around 6,000 new houses at South West Exeter and Newcourt – on top of growth elsewhere in Exeter, South and East Devon – will generate significant increases in travel. This will increase the pressure on these corridors, including the busiest and most congested of all of Exeter’s radial routes, as well as the local road network within Marsh Barton.
The project will deliver a new station at Marsh Barton immediately to the south of Clapperbrook Lane. The station will be served by the existing mix of local trains between Exeter and Newton Abbot.
Although an enhanced local service frequency is a key aspiration this is excluded from the scope of the station project and is not assessed within the station business case.
The station will have two 124 metre platforms, capable of handling six car Class 150 multiple unit formations, lit to the latest NR LED lighting standards. The platforms will be connected by a footbridge, with steps and ramps, lit using handrail mounted LED lighting.
Each platform will include: Waiting Shelter; Ticket Vending Machine; CCTV security system; Customer Information System; Public Address System; Help Point; Station signage and information boards
Started on site: October 2015
Completion: December 2018
400 jobs and 810 dwellings by 2021.
Growth Deal Funding: £3,521,860m.