Curly Wurly bridge open for the weekend

An Update from Kier…

I am pleased to be able to tell you that we have completed the resurfacing of the footbridge ahead of schedule.  We will therefore be able to open the footbridge over the bank holiday weekend.  The bridge will be open from 5pm Friday 26 May and will close again on Tuesday 30 May to allow to complete the works.  A notice will be displayed at either end of the footbridge advising people of this.

The shuttle bus service will resume from 7am Tuesday 30 May, until 11pm Friday 2 June when, the bridge will be re-opened.


More road closures

There will be an additional road closure next week, at the end of Doctor’s Walk between the corner by the twisted oak pub and the twisted oak tree itself.

This is for pipework replacement.

Details on  Zoom into the twisted oak and put Monday’s date in the box at the top right.

For more information you can call south west water on 0344 3462020.

I am advised that pedestrians and cyclists should still be able to pass, so it shouldn’t affect users of the bridge replacement bus service, but I am awaiting definite confirmation on that.

We will post further information when it comes available.



There will be a scheduled run at 8am

This is confirmation that the shuttle bus company have agreed to do a scheduled run leaving Ide at 8am to the twisted oak for the benefit of those travelling to school or work who need a definite time.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to arrange warning signs for the Crabbe lane/C50 junction. Please take care when crossing if you use this route.

We hope this helps.

Andy Swain, and Ide PC.

More on the bridge

Attached is a revised letter with the new shuttlebus information. It will not be travelling by the Alphington route.

The Phone number for the bus is +44 7455 600073. We are still waiting for confirmation of a scheduled 8am departure from Ide.

Shuttle bus information – revised

Latest updates on the bridge closure

We are discussing the route and timings of the shuttle service with the contractors, hoping to improve the arrangements.

We are suggesting a scheduled school run will leave Ide at 8am promptly and will drop at West Exe school as well as the twisted oak.

We are also asking for temporary “caution pedestrians” signage on the C50 to reduce speeds and protect those crossing the road to use the Crabbe lane route.

The school run looks likely but final confirmation to follow.

Please feel free to enter your email in the box on the right and you will be informed immediately of updates, or use the contact details on this site to contact us.


Andy Swain


Bridge closure – further information

The shuttlebus will operate on an “on demand” basis and when not in use will park in The Twisted Oak

public house car park, as there is no safe place to park on the opposing side of the footbridge.

Pedestrians on the Ide side of the bridge wishing to use the bus will need to phone +44 7455 600

073 in order to summon it.  This number will be displayed at either end of the footbridge. This service will

be able to accommodate wheelchairs and cyclists, unfortunately dogs will not be permitted to travel on


Please bear in mind the bus will have to follow a route through Alphington Interchange which can be busy

at times. 

If you would like any further information or need to contact us, please call our Network Control Centre on

01392 312630. This telephone line is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Curly wurly bridge closure 15 May to 3 June

The curly wurly bridge will be closed from Monday 15th May until work is completed around 3 June.
This is  to enable essential repair works to be carried out to the footbridge over the A30 which cannot not be done whilst the path is open to users.
The contractor is aware of the high level of use of this route and is providing a shuttle bus service during the works, which are anticipated to be completed by 3 June.

closure notice

We will pass on any more information as soon as we have it.

Traffic on Balls Farm Road

A number of residents have once again raised concerns about traffic using Balls Farm Road, Doctor’s Walk and Little John’s Cross illegally as a shortcut, including reports of aggressive drivers. This single track road has poor visibility and is used by many villagers including children walking and cycling to West Exe School. It is for the safety of these users that the traffic restrictions are in place.

We will be meeting with Councillors Roy Hill and Alan Connett shortly to discuss the matter. Residents with any concerns about these routes should contact them. Please copy your messages to Andy Swain as well so we have a record of your concerns.
email addresses are
Andy Swain at
Ide PC

new co-ordinator wanted for Ide Lane Friends

Registered charity no. 1050108

Job Vacancy: Ide Lane Friends Co-ordinator, Ide Lane Surgery,


The Committee of Ide Lane Friends, The League of Friends at Ide Lane Surgery, is looking for a new co-ordinator to organise a team of volunteers who provide transport and support for patients.

16 hours a week (flexible days) – salary £18,500 pro rata: £10 per hour.

The successful applicant will have good communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to deal with sensitively with vulnerable patients whilst maintaining confidentiality, be able to work on his/her own initiative, prioritise tasks and manage time effectively. IT skills are also necessary. Experience of dealing with the public and working in the voluntary, health or social sector would be an advantage.

Please send a letter of application plus your CV by Friday 19 March to Jane Greenslade,

ILF Co-ordinator, Ide Lane Surgery, Alphington, Exeter EX2 8UP, Tel 01392 428902.

Interviews will be held on Wed 29 March.

For a full job description please see the Ide Lane Surgery website.