Riverside route cycle project | Oxfordshire County Council

Riverside route cycle project

Project to develop off-road quieter cycle routes to provide alternatives to the main road network.

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Numerous lengths of emergency river bank repairs were completed adjacent to the towpath in 2017 on the section between Donnington Bridge and Folly Bridge.

Construction works on the first section of the towpath, from Donnington Bridge to Folly Bridge, are now complete. The contractor will be clearing the section, including the site compound, of all equipment during the w/c Monday 18 June 2018.

The next section of works, from Folly Bridge to Gasworks Bridge, will now start from 25 June 2018 and is expected to last for up to 7 weeks. Working hours will be 7.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Some minor works has already commenced at the Gasworks Bridge end of this section.

The towpath will need to be closed in order to carry out this work safely and a signed diversion route will be put in place. To keep disruption to a minimum, the project has been split into three phases:

Following further considerations into environmental and ecological issues, including discussions with some local residents and towpath users, the order of construction of the three phases has been re-ordered and the revised programme of works is currently as follows:

  • Pipe Bridge to Gasworks Bridge – 25 June to 6 July 2018
  • Buckingham Street to Pipe Bridge – 9 July to 27 July 2018
  • Folly Bridge to Buckingham Street – 30 July to 10 August 2018

Every effort will be made to accommodate essential access to the towpath, properties and businesses adjacent to the works area but this will be subject to progress.

Works to adjacent priority sections will follow on from this initial construction phase and this page will be updated with details of those in due course.

Feasibility works on a new Oxpens pedestrian and cycle bridge remain ongoing and will be delivered separately from the towpath and route improvement works.

Why are we doing this?

The Riverside route to city centre scheme aims to improve off road pedestrian and cycle links between residential areas and Oxford city centre. 

The improvements will help to connect existing and planned future major city centre sites including Westgate, Oxpens and Osney Mead with some of the city’s largest residential areas via an attractive sustainable travel route.

Problems that prevent more cycling and walking will be overcome by providing improved and largely traffic-free connections to Oxford city centre.

These proposed improvements were identified through the council’s work on the fourth Local Transport Plan.

The towpath improvement works aim to improve the surface quality and provide a 3 metre wide, where possible, shared use path along key sections of the towpath including Willow Walk.


We have been awarded £3.3m of funding through the Department of Transports Cycle City Ambition programme. The project proposals and budget comprise two key elements:

  • Oxpens Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge £2m
  • Thames Towpath and West Oxford route improvements - £1.3M
Last reviewed
15 June 2018
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