TWO new railway stations for Exeter are coming closer to reality – and the next big challenge is to provide a new bus and coach station for the city.
Plans for the new community at Newcourt have always included a station, and the scheme now has a green light, with Devon County Council having granted planning permission in July.
The station is now expected to be built before the end of next year.
The train service will provide direct links to the city centre and beyond.
Meanwhile, the plan to provide a station at Marsh Barton, just across the tracks from the new Energy from Waste plant, has also been successful in terms of investment.
It was one of five schemes recently selected for investment by the newly-formed Local Transport Board for Devon and Somerset, while talks continue apace between the county council and Viridor, the operators of the Energy from Waste plant, on the question of access to the new station.
Councillor Rachel Sutton, the city's portfolio holder for development, said: "This is very exciting for the city.
"Rail travel has huge potential for taking traffic off the city's busy roads. Exeter will have a total of 10 stations when these are up and running; what other city of our size can claim that?"
Exeter's councillors are to receive the good news about the stations on Thursday, September 5 in a special report about transport issues affecting the city.
The report highlights the need for a new bus station as the next key challenge, to provide a more fitting welcome for people arriving in the city centre by bus or coach.