Exe Estuary Trail repairs to be completed in new year

Devon County Council are committed to completing repairs on a section of the Exe Estuary Trail near Lympstone as early as possible in the new year.

Work to replace the timber on Courtlands Boardwalk, between Lympstone and Exmouth, is currently ongoing and has now passed the half-way stage.

The timber structural beams and deck planks on all 72 wooden spans of the boardwalk have deteriorated and become unsafe, so they are being replaced with a more durable fibre-reinforced material.

A delay to the production and delivery of this material at the start of the project hampered progress early on but good progress is now being made.

Courtlands Boardwalk will remain closed until the scheme is completed, which is expected to be by the end of January.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:

“Our team has been liaising closely with the contractor and their installers are working longer days to try and catch up on the time that has been lost. Every effort will be made to minimise the delay and get the boardwalk open as soon as possible.”


Councillor Jeff Trail BEM, County Councillor for Exmouth, said:

“It’s unfortunate that there have been delays but this work has to be done. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

The signed diversion route will remain in place until work is completed, which adds around one mile to a normal journey along the trail. Pedestrians are diverted onto the footpath on Exeter Road. A temporary crossing is located next to the petrol station on Exeter Road to provide an additional safe crossing for this route.

Work is being undertaken by Bridge Civil Engineering Ltd on the Councils behalf.

For more information visit our roads and transport webpages.

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