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Work begins on new improved travel network route

Published: 26 March 2024

Bakers Park across the open space with oak tree in foreground

An important project to expand the network that connects Newton Abbot and its surrounding area is underway, with work to create a safe and convenient route for residents and visitors to walk, wheel or cycle between the town centre and Ogwell. 

Once completed, the Ogwell Link project will increase opportunities for families to be active, enjoy nature and reduce their car journeys by walking or cycling to school or work, or to the town centre’s facilities.  

The Ogwell Link project will be delivered in two phases. The first phase, which will be completed in May, includes road improvements to Steppes Meadow access to Bakers Park car park.  The previously unowned road will become adopted and maintained by Devon County Council, which will benefit all road users and residents living on Steppes Meadow.

A stretch of new route created alongside the tennis courts in Bakers Park will also open once the second phase, which is subject to funding, has been completed. New signage will be provided along the existing, hard-surfaced path to the tennis courts.  

Work is expected to take place from Tuesday (2 April) for four to six weeks depending on the weather. 

While this first phase of work takes place, car parking at Bakers Park will be unavailable and there will be no vehicular access to Steppes Meadow. Alternative off-street parking can be found at Bradley Lane and Venture Court (fee paying during daytime hours). For more car parks information, see the  interactive car parks map.  

Plans for the second phase of the work, subject to the funding being secured, will include extending the walking, wheeling and cycling route to Beverley Way, creating a new formal road crossing to link over Totnes Road into Bradley Road and creating a link into Ogwell via an off-road path into Buntings Close.  

Councillor Gary Taylor, Executive Member for Planning said:

"It is great news that the first phase of this important project will soon be underway.“This is funded from the Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton Garden Community programme, and will improve Steppes Meadow for all users, alongside provision of the first stretch of a new active travel route alongside the Bakers Park tennis courts.

"This will become operational once further funding is identified to deliver phase two, which will provide a link via Beverley Way and Bunting Close into Ogwell, as well as a new road crossing to Bradley Road.” 

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