Oxfordshire County Council logo

Didcot Central Corridor

A scheme that combines transport and connectivity with public realm, street spaces and placemaking improvements in Didcot

Introduction about the scheme

A scheme that combines transport and connectivity with public realm, street spaces and placemaking improvements for three key corridors in Didcot. The project will also include Jubilee Way Roundabout and the town centre area.

About the improvements

The Didcot Central Corridor project involves the creation of a joint transport and public space placemaking strategy for parts of central Didcot to help to develop an enhanced sense of place within the town and overall stronger identity, improve environmental quality and increase the town’s green infrastructure.

The project will provide opportunities to make improvements to enable and encourage sustainable travel choices and address existing highway issues.

What you can expect

This image shows the area of focus as part of the Didcot Central Corridor project and how it connects with other infrastructure projects planned in the area.

The scheme covers three central routes within Didcot, known collectively as the Didcot Central Corridor, as well as a triangle-shaped area covering Didcot town centre:

  1. The Gateway Spine: Includes A4130 from the proposed Didcot Science Bridge (near Sir Frank William’s Avenue, as part of the HIF infrastructure); B4493, Station Road; Hitchcock Way; Jubilee Way Roundabout and Marsh Bridge Roundabout (junction of Broadway, B4016 and Hadden Hill), to the location of the proposed Didcot Northern Perimeter Road 3 (NPR3), near Hadden Hill golf course.
  2. The Cultural Spine: Broadway and Wantage Road (B4493), to Harwell Link Road. 
  3. Foxhall Road (B4493)
  4. The Triangle: the central area enclosed by the three roads listed above. This includes Haydon Road, Lydalls Road and the Orchard Centre.

Measures being investigated include, but are not limited to, public open space improvements and improved infrastructure for people who walk, cycle or use public transport.

Why we are investing here?

Didcot was awarded Garden Town status in 2015 by the national government. Significant growth expected in Didcot will mean that without intervention, the local road network will experience considerable traffic congestion.

The Didcot Garden Town Development Plan (2017) sets out a comprehensive set of ideas and proposals to improve the way Didcot functions as a growing town within Science Vale.  It proposes an improved public transport network, focusing on the promotion of active travel, high-quality public spaces and improved connectivity.

This project will build on the key principles from the Didcot Garden Town Delivery Plan. We are working to identify a solution that meets the following objectives:

  • Use urban design and placemaking techniques to enhance the sense of place within key corridors in Didcot
  • Increase the use of sustainable and active transport modes for travel within Didcot and reduce private car trips
  • Increase use of public transport
  • Future proof for future transport technologies
  • Support the delivery of housing and employment growth in Didcot and the surrounding area
  • Address existing highways issues, where possible, particularly at Jubilee Way Roundabout and its approaches. 

Timescales

Activity Date
Summer 2022 Key Stakeholder Engagement
Summer 2022 Placemaking strategy development
Autumn/Winter 2022 Options Appraisal process
Autumn 2022 Public and Stakeholder Consultation
Spring 2023 Review and next steps

The timing of the delivery of schemes that come out of the placemaking strategy and the optioneering process will depend on what the preferred solution is, funding availability and whether planning permission and land are required.

Minimising the impact

As a solution is yet to be identified, the traffic management arrangements during construction are yet to be confirmed.  We will coordinate the work to minimise the impact on the network as far as possible. Further details of this will be available closer to construction.

How it is being funded

The placemaking and optioneering elements of the project are being funded through Housing and Growth Deal funding as well as a contribution from Didcot Garden Town.

Next steps

We are currently developing the placemaking strategy and therefore not yet at a stage where options are being formed or consulted on.  As the project progresses and number of options are identified, public consultation will take place. The detail of this will be provided closer to the time.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about the project, you can contact us by email: DCCproject@oxfordshire.gov.uk