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Totnes Bridge. Presentation to Totnes Town Council 5 November 2012 John Fewings. Totnes Bridge. Problems – A. Footways over the Bridge are too narrow for pedestrians (currently both footways are between 1.1 and 1.2 metres wide)

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Totnes Bridge

Presentation to

Totnes Town Council

5 November 2012

John Fewings

Totnes Bridge

Problems – A

  • Footways over the Bridge are too narrow for pedestrians (currently both footways are between 1.1 and 1.2 metres wide)

  • Department for Transport guidance recommends a minimum width of 1.5 metres for a pedestrian to pass a pushchair or wheelchair, or 1.7 metres for pushchairs and wheelchairs to pass each other

Problems – B

  • Totnes bridge provides the only realistic pedestrian link between Bridgetown residential area and goods and services in the town centre

  • Totnes Bridge provides a key tourist link between Steamer Quay and the town

User Comment 1

Issue was raised during TotM consultation day on the 28 April

Sample comment

“We urgently need changes to be made to the Bridge… a wider footpath for pushchairs”

User Comment 2

“I walk in almost daily from Bridgetown across the Bridge with my daughter Emily in a sling. I find threading my way past others means stepping off the narrow pavement into the fast traffic from behind. There’s no protection and I feel very vulnerable, particularly for my baby.  I dread the time when Emily is walking, with cars roaring past inches from her.”

Natalie Waldbaum, Bridgetown resident

Pedestrian counts

Count undertaken on Wednesday 4 July 2012

7am to 7pm

  • North (upstream) Footway – 899 pedestrians

  • South (downstream) Footway – 2,901 pedestrians

    So over 75% of pedestrians use southern footway

Phase 1 proposal

  • Widen southern (downstream) footway to a width of 1.7 metres

  • Leave northern (upstream) footway at its current width

  • Signing, lining and lighting improvements

  • Retain two way vehicle traffic

  • Approximate cost: £75,000

Bridge sketch

Looking towards


Road width

  • The proposal will retain a 5.6 metre road width, allowing two way traffic.

  • Design Bulletin 32 states “5.5 metres – allows all vehicles to pass each other – below this width passing places may be required depending on the frequency of use by large vehicles.”

Plan View

Existing Elevation

Proposed Elevation

Dimensions used

Photomontage 1

Southern (downstream) footway widened

Photomontage 2

Northern (upstream) footway unaltered


  • Southern footway will be widened from 1.2 metres to 1.7 metres

  • Materials will match existing

  • Two way traffic will be retained

Future Proposals

These future proposals will only be considered once they have been properly drawn up and after further consultation has taken place.

Phase 2 proposals - A

  • Modify “Seven Stars” roundabout to provide a better gateway into the town

  • Consider change in surfacing levels and/or materials

  • Consider traffic calming and 20mph speed limit

  • Alterations to Bridgetown Hill junction to reduce through traffic

Phase 2 proposals - B

  • Provide pedestrian crossing at Bridgetown end of bridge, or both ends of bridge

  • Cycle lanes could be considered if traffic flows and speeds are significantly reduced

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