Why?

Why is a railway needed?  

  • The A361 between Barnstaple and Braunton is Devon’s 14th most dangerous stretch of road
  • Daily traffic = 18,337 vehicles (averaged over 2014)
  • North Devon has only one Air Quality Management Area: Braunton
  • Braunton’s population is set to increase by 20%
  • Expansion is planned at Chivenor and Pottington Business Parks
  • Increased population and workforce = even more traffic
  • Barnstaple urgently needs a Park-and-Ride solution
  • Poor connectivity stifles economic growth  for the whole region

 (sources: Braunton Local Plan 2014, NDC Air Quality Action Plan 2016, DCC Road Safety Statistics 2014, DfT Traffic Statistics 2014. Photo: Mike Southon, North Devon Journal.)