Science Vale cycling network schemes | Oxfordshire County Council

Science Vale cycling network schemes

Improved routes and facilities for cyclists travelling in the Science Vale area.

Vegetation clearance

Some vegetation clearance will take place in Didcot alongside Milton Road and Basill Hill Road and in Abingdon Road on the A145 Abingdon Road. These are enabling works before we can improve and / or upgrade these routes in 2018, including the implementation of the recently approved 40mph speed limit on Milton Road (Didcot).

These works will take approximately 5 weeks between from Monday 20 November 2017. The programme of works is as follows.

  • 20 November – 8 December 2017: Milton Road and Basil Hill Road (Didcot)
  • 27 November – 22 December 2017: A415 Abingdon Road (Abingdon)

The working hours will be 9.30 to 15.30 to avoid peak-time traffic and minimise the inconvenience to road users. These works will not affect directly residents’ properties. The traffic management will be with temporary traffic lights or “Go” / “Stop” boards
in order to cause very little disruption to the traffic.

About the project

The Science Vale Cycle Network enhancement project is a package of schemes to improve facilities for cyclists travelling between residential areas and the large business parks located in the Science Vale area, mainly Milton Park, Harwell Campus and Culham Science Centre.

The primary aim of the project is to improve routes for cyclists and to make cycling a more attractive choice for journeys to work.

The individual schemes will be part of the overall network for cyclists and pedestrians, who will benefit from better facilities for many journeys – not just those to or from work. More attractive choices for cycling and walking help to create a more attractive area and place to live and work, and if people choose to walk or cycle instead of driving this helps to reduce congestion on roads.

What is being proposed

The individual proposed schemes that make up the project are broadly as follows.

  • Improvements to off-road routes between Wantage and Harwell Campus.
  • Improvements to off-road routes between Steventon and Milton Park.
  • Provision of street lighting along Milton Road (part of the well-used route between Milton Park and Didcot).
  • Improvements to cycle and pedestrian facilities between Milton Road and Didcot station.
  • Investigation of better facilities for cyclists on the A415 between Abingdon and Culham (current gap in provision for cyclists along Causeway section).
  • Investigation of provision of a new off-road route between Culham Science Centre and Abingdon, including a new crossing of the Thames.
  • Investigation of provision of improvements for cyclists and pedestrians between Didcot and Culham via Long Wittenham and Clifton Hampden.

Next steps

Preliminary and detailed design is being progressed for each proposed scheme. Discussions with landowners directly affected by some of these proposals have started. Once agreements are reached and designs have progressed to the point where we are confident the schemes can be delivered, details of each of the schemes will be made available and comments sought.

In the meantime, site and vegetation clearance will be undertaken in November and December 2017 (subject to weather conditions) alongside Milton Road (Didcot), a section of the A415 Abingdon Road i.e. alongside the Abingdon Causeway, and Forge Lane in Clifton

Further improvements may be implemented on various routes from January 2018.

Last reviewed
20 November 2017
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