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Revealed: Plans for Exeter’s ninth railway station at Marsh Barton

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

Pedestrian access to the proposed Marsh Barton station

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PLANS have been submitted for what will be Exeter’s ninth railway station if they get the go-ahead.

Already approved are plans for a new station at Newcourt and now Devon County Council is seeking planning permission for a new railway halt at Marsh Barton, close to the new Energy from Waste plant.

According to the council it could be built in 2016.

Plans for the two platform station had to be withdrawn earlier this year because there were unresolved questions about access between Devon County Council and Viridor, the operators of the Energy from Waste plant.

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These issues have now been resolved – and the pedestrian and cycle route now runs directly alongside Clapperbrook Lane.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: “The county council withdrew the planning application to improve the arrangements for pedestrian and cycle access alongside the Viridor site.”

The station will be unstaffed. It will have waiting shelters, cycle racks lighting, CCTV and an integrated help point and customer information service facility.

The county council is also proposing to erect a new steel footbridge to provide access across the railway for pedestrians and cyclists.

The scheme, which has received widespread support from the Marsh Barton Business Forum, which represents traders on the estate, is part of the Devon Metro project which aims to improve the railway network across the county.

A spokesman for the county council said: “Once we have gained planning approval we will also be commencing the procurement process for a design and build contractor with a view to detailed design in 2015 and then construction in 2016.”

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