Year One Infrastructure Projects
Status : Yet To Start
Programme : Housing and Growth Deal

The Oxfordshire Growth Board has published details of the first round of infrastructure projects to receive funding in year one of the five year Oxfordshire Housing & Growth Deal, signed in February 2018.

A40 Western Strategic Corridor Improvements

Year 1 Growth Deal funding will allow a feasibility study to be undertaken, on providing a westbound bus lane on the A40 from the Duke’s Cut Canal Bridge to the proposed Eynsham Park and Ride, complementing the proposed eastbound bus lane.This would see a congestion free route for public transport and would encourage greater use of public transport and improved journey times.

If progressed, this project would complete public transport improvements on the A40 and build on work underway for the proposed park and ride and an eastbound bus lane project, to be introduced by 2020.

  • Districts: West Oxfordshire, Cherwell, Oxford
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £1,000,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £16,450,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £18,900,000

 

Access to Carterton

Transport improvements in this area aim to support new housing and employment as well as improve access between Carterton and RAF Brize Norton (the RAF’s largest station) and the A40/ Minster Lovell junction.

Year 1 Growth Deal funding will allow a feasibility study to be undertaken into proposed improvements to the B4477 Brize Norton Road and to enable traffic to travel west on the A40 via new west facing slip roads at the A40/Minster Lovell junction.

Road widening, capacity and safety improvements and improved cycle infrastructure will be examined, with the aim to provide a full junction interchange at the A40 to secure a dedicated route into RAF Brize Norton.

  • Districts: West Oxfordshire
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £575,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £9,800,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £11,500,000

 

Access to Headington

Access to Headington will help reduce the impact of congestion and move people around more efficiently along the B4495, and ultimately support housing and jobs growth in Headington and beyond.

Proposals include additional highway capacity, bus priority and new and improved cycle lanes and priority at junctions.

The Year 1 funding will allow the original project to be enhanced and is for design and construction.

  • Districts: Oxford
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £3,000,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £3,500,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £3,500,000

 

Oxford-wide cycle and pedestrian routes

This project will see cycle and pedestrian access and safety improvements at various locations across the city which link housing sites to district centres and employment areas, with the aim of attracting new or inexperienced cyclists who do not want to cycle on more heavily trafficked streets.

It seeks to overcome some physical barriers currently preventing good access – including the ring road, and Cowley Branch line.

The Year 1 funding will cover planning and design work for some schemes and construction for others.

  • Districts: Oxford
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £1,400,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £4,600,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £4,600,000

 

North of Oxford Corridor Routes Improvements along the A44 Woodstock Road and the A4260 Banbury Road

This project will see measures taken along key corridors to the north of Oxford to increase sustainable trips into and out of the city, including the use of smart technology, to reduce congestion and improve journey times. This links to the proposed delivery of a new park and ride site on the A44 corridor, together with expansion of the existing Water Eaton Park and Ride site.

Funding this year will enable progression with the design work for the various measures that would be required, as identified in the corridor assessment work carried out so far. This will include measures to prioritise public transport, cycling and pedestrians along the A44 Woodstock Road corridor and the A4260 Banbury Road route, as well as the links between these corridors, such as the A4165 and Langford Lane.

  • Districts: Cherwell, West Oxfordshire, Oxford
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £1,500,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £6,590,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £65,900,000

 

Botley Road Rail Bridge

Widening Botley Road railway bridge will support the Oxford rail station development, enabling more rail lines to be provided to increase capacity through Oxford; while widening the road underneath the bridge will provide more space for cycle lanes and wider pavements.

The Year 1 funding is for design work.

  • Districts: Oxford
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £500,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £500,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £40,000,000

 

South East Oxford Corridor Improvements

The project will upgrade radial and orbital routes to the south-east of the city, for public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians. Routes include Abingdon Road, Cowley Road, Iffley Road and part of the B4495.

Year 1 funding will allow a corridor study to be undertaken which will consider options for delivering bus rapid transit, and a step-change in cycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as making best use of technology.

  • Districts: Oxford
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £300,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £1,000,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £14,000,000

 

Botley Road Corridor

The Botley Road corridor project will see journey time improvements and a better journey experience for travellers along this key arterial route in and out of Oxford. There will be priority for buses, use smart technology, improved cycle provision and a better road condition overall. The project will support further housing and growth in Oxford city centre, Botley and along the A420 and A338 corridors.

The Year 1 funding is for design and construction.

  • Districts: Oxford
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £3,250,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £3,750,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £8,750,000

 

Featherbed Lane capacity improvements and junction widening at A4130/B4017

Upgrading Featherbed Lane and its junctions at either end will provide improved and safer access between the Didcot and Wantage areas to support growth.

Design has been undertaken ready for publication of Compulsory Purchase Orders to acquire the land needed for road widening. Year 1 Growth Board funding will be used for evidence to support the Orders and any subsequent public inquiry.

  • Districts: South Oxfordshire
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £200,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £2,500,000
  • Full cost of scheme: £10,000,000

 

Tramway Road (Banbury)

Turning Tramway Road into a link road for buses and taxis and providing replacement access into the station’s west car park will provide bus connection with the railway station, improve bus journeys into the town centre for existing residents and residents living in the new developments to the south of the town, and provide some relief to the Bridge Street junction and a quality access road into the Canalside redevelopment area.

  • Districts: Cherwell
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £657,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £1,253,500
  • Full cost of scheme: £2,507,000

 

Scheme advancement (various)

Funding for projects that are currently being finalised with developers and landowners before the details are announced.

  • Districts: Cherwell
  • Estimated Y1 spend: £20,112,000
  • Potential total impact of Growth Deal for 5 Year Programme: £24,557,308
  • Full cost of scheme: £94,391,308

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