Riverside cycle route project | Oxfordshire County Council

Riverside cycle route project

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

Why are we doing this?

The 'Riverside route to city centre' scheme aims to improve pedestrian and cycle links between existing residential areas and the city centre and Oxford station.

It will connect major city centre sites including Westgate, Oxpens and Osney Mead with some of the city’s largest residential areas.

Problems that prevent more cycling and walking will be overcome by providing new and improved largely traffic-free connections to and through Oxford city centre. The current cycle network does not serve this growing area adequately as there is limited traffic free provision for less confident cyclists.

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


We have been awarded £3.3m from the Department of Transport following a successful bid for funding.

The project proposals and budget been split into three elements:

  • Oxpens Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge £2m
  • Thames Towpath improvement £500,000
  • West Oxford Route improvement £800,000

More information will be available once work begins on each element of the project


Numerous lengths of emergency river bank repairs have been completed adjacent to the towpath between Donnington Bridge and Folly Bridge.

A consultation with local stakeholders has recently been completed to seek views on the various sections of towpath improvements between Donnington Bridge and Osney Mead. The consultation responses have been used to establish a priority list with a view to rolling out delivery from January 2018.

Feasibility works on the Oxpens Pedestrian / Cyclist Bridge are continuing involving ongoing discussions with key stakeholders including major development sites.

Last reviewed
08 November 2017
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