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Oxford City quickways

What are quickways and quietways?

Quickways are cycle routes linking key destinations via main routes into the city centre. They are designed to provide a direct faster route into the centre and are generally used by more confident cyclists.

Quietways are signed cycling routes linking key destinations that follow backstreet routes avoiding some of the busier highly roads in the area. 

The proposals

The quickways proposals have been developed from the Oxfordshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which Policy OC11 establishing the key components of the proposed quickways as:

  • ease of cycle flow
  • design speed of up to 20 mph
  • sharing with traffic; and
  • minimal diversion, delay or need to stop

What measures to expect on quickway routes

  • new mandatory segregated cycle lanes marked by either road markings and where feasible orcas and wands 
  • new advisory cycle lanes
  • advanced stop lines at junctions and crossings
  • centre line removal
  • removal of some permit holder, shared use and unrestricted parking spaces
  • improved pedestrian crossings and greater connectivity
  • continuous cross overs at some junctions
  • 20mph speed limits

Consultation

Between March and June 2021, Oxfordshire County Council undertook an extensive consultation programme with key stakeholders on the proposed Quickway schemes which included county and city member briefings and stakeholder workshops with emergency services, bus operators, NHS, universities, schools, disability groups, resident’s groups, cycling and walking groups.  

The routes consulted on were:

  • Cowley Road/Oxford Road
  • St Clement’s Street
  • Marston Road
  • Morrell Avenue/Warneford Lane
  • Donnington Bridge Road
  • Iffley Road/Henley Avenue/Rose Hill
  • Church Cowley Road/Between Towns Road
  • Banbury Road/St Giles
  • Parks Road (Quietway)
  • Abingdon Road (20mph)

Detailed plans of the proposals can be found on the consultation page.

An informal public consultation was undertaken between 20 September and 31 October 2021 which included a series of online “drop-in” sessions.

A total of 1,448 responses to the online questionnaire were received plus 185 emails. Overall, the majority of respondents supported the Quickway proposals with 75% in favour, 21% objecting and 4% returning a neutral response. This was mirrored across those residents within and outside the areas.  

A statutory consultation on the regulatory (legally enforceable) elements of the scheme was undertaken between 11 November – 17 December 2021. Respondents could also comment on wider elements of the scheme

The online TRO consultation received a total of 909 responses of which 824 were via questionnaire and 85 written submissions (email/letter). Overall, the responses generally mirrored those of the informal consultation with high levels of support across all schemes.

On 27 January 2022, the Cabinet Member for Highways Management approved a report that recommended the delivery a number of the quickways, quietway and the 20mph speed limits changes. A copy of the full report is available. 

A delivery prioritisation exercise has been undertaken based on a number of factors highlighted in the Cabinet report confirming which schemes are to be progressed within the current budgets.

Confirmed schemes

The schemes confirmed to be implemented are:

  • 20mph speed limits
  • Cowley Road/Oxford Road
  • Iffley Road/Rose Hill
  • Morrell Avenue/Warneford Lane
  • Marston Road
  • Donnington Bridge Road

Schemes that may go ahead

Should funding allow the following schemes may also be progressed:

  • St Clements
  • St Giles
  • Parks Road (quietway)
  • Crossing on Church Cowley Road junction with Beauchamp Lane and Rymers Lane

Schemes that will not go ahead

Between Towns Road/Church Cowley and Banbury Road Quickways are not to be progressed.

Works schedule

Completed works are in bold.

20mph speed limits

Location Programme Summary of works Other information Status
April - May 2022 Various Installation of 20mph speed limits

Traffic Regulation Order went live 13 May 2020. 
Plan of speed limit changes (pdf format, 1Mb)

Complete 18/05/22

Iffley Road/Henley Avenue/Rose Hill

Location Programme Summary of works Other information Status
Newman Road junction civil work   Pedestrian refuge changes Some night-time works. Letter to residents (docx format, 282Kb) Complete 22/04/22
Entire length   Gullies and ironworks   Complete 20/05/22
Iffley Turn junction Completion anticipated 29 May 2022 Junction improvements. Dedicated two-way cycle lanes and new traffic islands Temporary parking suspension. Works completed under traffic lights. Letter to residents (docx format, 327Kb) Complete 29/05/22
Junction with Donnington Bridge Road 19 July 2022 Patching works

Multi-way traffic signals and closure of Donnington Bridge Rd. Night works Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb)

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 19/07/22
The Plain to Bullingdon Road 20 July 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, cycle lane marking and patching works

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb) 

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 20/07/22
Bullingdon Road to Magdalen Road 21 July 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, cycle lane marking and patching works

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb) 

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete August 2022
Magdalen Road to Donnington Bridge 22 July 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, cycle lane marking and patching works

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb) 

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete August 2022
Donnington Bridge to eastern bypass 25 – 29 July 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, cycle lane marking and patching works. Traffic controlled by multi-way traffic signals (daytime works only) Complete August 2022
Marston Street to James St Date to be confirmed Installation of wands and orcas TBC  

Donnington Bridge Road

Location Programme Summary of works Other information Status
Between Donnington Bridge and Iffley Rd 1 August 2022 – 2 August 2022

Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines and bus stop cages

Traffic controlled by manned stop and go boards Complete 02/08/22

Cowley Road – Between The Plain and Between Towns Road/Church Cowley Road

Location Programme Summary of works Other information Status
Entire length   Patching works   Complete 13/05/22
Marsh Rd junction 23 May 2022 - 4 August 2022 Installation of parallel zebra crossing, footway widening, road patching, relocation of bus shelter (excluding lining) Mostly Complete. The high friction surfacing and lining to complete the zebra are programmed for 4 August when the crossing will become operational. The installation of the belisha beacons, and lamps are pending and should be completed before then In progress
Between Bartlemas Close and Cumberland Rd 20 June 2022 - 1 July 2022 Removal of traffic islands Multi-way traffic signals - daytime Complete 01/07/22
Garsington Road junction 30 June 2022 – 4 July 2022 (TBC) New dropped kerb Traffic management TBC Complete 04/07/22
Entire length 5 July 2022 – 13 July 2022 Iron works and gullies Multi-way traffic signals - day time off peak Complete 13/07/22
Holloway - Clive Road 3 August 2022 Removal of some parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, and cycle lane marking.

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb)

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 03/07/22
Clive Road - Howard Street 4 August 2022 Removal of some parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, and cycle lane marking.

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb)

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 04/07/22
Howard Street - Magdalen Road 5 August 2022 Removal of some parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, and cycle lane marking.

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb)

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 05/07/22
Magdalen Road to Randolph Street 8 August 2022 Removal of some parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, and cycle lane marking.

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb)

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 08/07/22
Randolph Street - Rectory Road 9 August 2022 Removal of some parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, and cycle lane marking.

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb)

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 09/07/22
Rectory Road - The Plain 10 August 2022 Removal of some parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines, and cycle lane marking

Night-time road closure – all traffic prohibited. Letter to residents (docx format, 104Kb)

Due to the volume of work please note that noisier work may now continue to 11pm. Please accept our apologies for the changes and any disturbance this may cause

Complete 10/08/22

Important update

Due to the national bank holiday announced for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral on Monday 19 September, scheduled work by Oxfordshire County Council will be postponed.

The new dates for the implementation of the Quickways cycle routes is as follows:

Tuesday 20 September - St Clement’s Street to Cherwell Drive

•    Road marking removal
•    New road markings: Traffic lights (St Clement’s to Cherwell Drive)

Wednesday 21 September - St Clement’s Street to Ferry Road

•    Surfacing and new road marking work from ‘St. Clements Street to Ferry Road’: Road closure
•    Footway lining works: Footway closure
•    New road marking works: (St Clements to Cherwell Drive)

Thursday 22 September - Cherwell Drive to Old Marston Road

•    Surfacing and new road markings ‘Cherwell Drive to Old Marston Road’: Road closure
•    New road markings: Traffic lights (Cherwell Drive to St Clements)

Friday 23 September Cherwell Drive to St. Clement’s Street

•    New road markings: Traffic lights (Cherwell Drive to St. Clement’s Street)

Marston Road

Location Programme Summary of works Other information Status

Entire length

25 April - 29 April 2022 Patching work   Complete
Old Marston Road junction 20 June - 15 July 2022 Traffic islands, kerbs and footway works Some carriageway incursion and day time multi-way traffic signals if required Complete
St Clements - Ferry Road 19 September 2022 Patching works Night-time works and road closure – all traffic prohibited  
St Clements - Ferry Road 20 September 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines and cycle lane marking Night-time works and road closure – all traffic prohibited  
Ferry Road - North of Harberton Mead 19 September 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines and cycle lane marking Traffic lights  
North of Harberton Road - Old Marston Road 20 September 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines and cycle lane marking. Stop and go - daytime  
Cherwell Drive 21 September 2022 Removal of parking spaces, marking of double yellow lines and cycle lane marking Stop and go - daytime  
St Clements to John Garne Way TBC Installation of wands and orcas Multi-way traffic lights - daytime  
Old Marston Road to Cherwell Drive 12 September - 23 September 2022 Krb build-out, patching, footway works Road closures – daytime works – all traffic prohibited  
Old Marston Road to Cherwell Drive 26 September - 1 October 2022 Road lining and wand orcas
Road closures – daytime works – all traffic prohibited  
 
John Garne Way junction 27 June – 22 July 2022 Kerb and footway work and traffic islands on Marston Road Multi-way traffic signals - daytime Complete 22/07/22
John Garne Way junction 27 July and 12-13 October 2022 Raised junction treatment Two night-time works road closures – all traffic prohibited
Letter to residents (pdf format, 139Kb)
Part 1 complete 27/07/22
Ferry Road junction 22 August - 23 September 2022 Kerb and footway work and two rubber islands on Marston Road Multi-way traffic signals - day time Complete 22/08/22
Ferry Road junction 28 September and 11-12 October 2022 Raised junction treatment  Two night-time works road closures – all traffic prohibited  
William Street junction 1 August - 9 September 2022 Kerb/ footway works Multi-way traffic signals - day time Complete 09/09/22
William Street junction 14 September and 10 October 2022 Raised junction treatment  Two night-time works road closures – all traffic prohibited  
Edgeway Road junction 25 July - 12 August 2022 Kerb/footway works Multi-way traffic signals - day time Complete 12/08/22
Edgeway Road junction 17 August and 10 October 20922 Raised junction treatment  Two night-time works road closures – all traffic prohibited  
Harberton Mead junction 18 July - 19 August 2022 Kerb/footway works Multi-way traffic signals - day time Complete 19/08/22
Harberton Mead junction 24 August and 13 October 2022 Raised junction treatment  Two night-time works road closures – all traffic prohibited
Letter to residents (pdf format, 155Kb)
Part 1 complete 24/08/22

Morrell Avenue / Warneford Lane

Location Programme Summary of works Other information  Status
Entire length   Patching work   Complete
Warneford Ln (Divinity Road to Old Road) 26 June 2022 Surface dressing Sunday closure only of Warneford Lane – access only to Morrell Avenue
Letter to residents (pdf format, 136Kb)
Complete 26/06/22
Warneford Ln (Divinity Road to Old Road) 2 July 2022 Surface seal, removal of parking spaces and installation of cycle lanes.

Saturday closure only of Warneford Lane – access only to Morrell Avenue
Letter to residents (pdf format, 136Kb)

Complete 02/07/22
Warneford Ln (Divinity Road to Old Road) 4-6 July 2022 Installation of orcas and wands Night-time - Road closures
Letter to residents (pdf format, 136Kb)
Complete 06/07/22
Morrell Avenue (St Clements to Divinity Road) including the Divinity Road roundabout. 11 August 2022 Removal of parking spaces and installation of cycle lanes. Warneford Lane will be closed overnight. Morrell Avenue will be closed overnight and access only. Divinity Road access from the north roundabout will be closed overnight. Filters on St Clement’s (Rectory Road/Princes Street) and Divinity Road Area (Divinity Road and Southfield Road) LTNs will be opened overnight for access from Cowley Road. Complete 11/08/22
Grays Road junction TBC Footpath link    
Letter to residents      Morrell Avenue (St Clements to Divinity Road) including the Divinity Road (pdf format, 100KB) 11 August 2022

If you have any questions regarding the Quickways schemes please refer to the frequently asked questions or email quickways@oxfordshire.gov.uk