Backhill pedestrian and cycle tunnel | Oxfordshire County Council

Backhill pedestrian and cycle tunnel

Backhill Tunnel railway underpass in Milton will be opened to cyclists and pedestrians.

What we are proposing

A new foot and cycle path beneath the railway to avoid a longer walk via Park Drive. The new path will be lit to minimise light pollution for local wildlife and have a shared tarmac track for cyclists and pedestrians.

It was agreed in the summer of 2017 that the County Council would also construct a new footway and toucan crossing as part of the project. This work will be split into two phases with the footway to be completed in autumn 2017, and the toucan crossing in spring 2018.

Why we are doing this project

The project will dramatically improve access for pedestrians and cyclists between the developments on either side of the railway, reducing journey times for pedestrians by 20 minutes. This will also give a direct link for pedestrians to bus routes. This will also give a direct link for pedestrians to bus routes and local businesses encouraging more people to walk and cycle instead of using their cars releasing additional capacity to the highway network.

Next steps

Construction of the footway through the tunnel was completed in September 2017. The footway works on the northern side of the A4130 will commence in October 2017, and the toucan crossing will follow in spring 2018 subject to the consultation to amend the Traffic Regulation Orders.

Last reviewed
17 October 2017
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