Devon County Council (DCC), a partner of DCE, have opened the new ‘park and change’ site at Exeter Science Park. There are 300 parking bays for people to park up their cars and travel the final leg into Exeter by lower-carbon means. This could be walking, cycling, by bus or car sharing.

A shared footpath and cycle path on Anning Drive connects the park and change site to the growing E4 cycle route, which DCC have been developing in recent years and when complete will eventually link development to the east of Exeter with the city centre. The first 2 and a half miles of this shared path is completed. High security cycle lockers are available to rent at the park and change site to enable people to leave their bikes overnight. Several bus services pass by the Science Park, providing well connected public transport options.

There are plans for a Co Bikes electric bike hire dock to be installed at the site later in 2021 which will provide a faster e-bike transport option to commuters. From September 2021 electric vehicle charge points will be installed as part of a wider project being run by DCC to install a network of chargepoints across Devon to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

The project is being funded through National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone and contributions from developers. The site will be open from 6:30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?

Action T30: Ensure provision of mobility hubs in new developments of appropriate size, where modal change can occur easily.

Reducing congestion and car journeys in Exeter and improving walking and cycling access into the city and key business areas will help to reduce emissions from transport and improve air quality in East Devon.