The main route between Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot was via Newton Road, a busy A-road that had no separate footpaths or dedicated space for cyclists. This meant that most local people were deterred from making everyday journeys on foot or by bike despite the two communities being only just over a mile apart. This resulted in high levels of car use and congestion.
“ Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton have been brought together through the development of this bridge. Local people now have a scenic, traffic-free option for travelling between the two communities. For anyone living in Kingsteington, it will now be much quicker and healthier to use a bike rather than a car to reach Brunel Industrial estate and Newton Abbot railway station. I think its value in the local area has already been demonstrated in that more than 1,300 cycle trips have been made over this bridge within the first week of its completion. ”
Sustrans worked with Devon County Council to build a new 2.5 km walking and cycling route that links Town Quay in Newton Abbot with Church Street in Kingsteignton. The route travels round the edge of Newton Abbot racecourse and across Hackney Marshes nature reserve alongside the railway line. The centrepiece of the scheme is a 90 metre-long foot and cycle bridge over the River Teign. The work also includes widening existing footways and installing better road crossings.
The new route has transformed conditions for cyclists and walkers in the area and has proved effective in tackling congestion by providing an alternative to travelling by car. It offers a direct link to the centre of Newton Abbot for Kingsteignton residents, with dedicated routes to the train station, an industrial estate and local schools. The tourism potential of the route, with its links to the growing National Cycle Network, looks set to boost the local economy too. 3000 cycle trips were made on the route in the first three weeks after opening.
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