Access to Headington

Project to deliver a package of travel improvements in the Headington area.

We are delivering significantly more than before. With the arrival of additional funding from the growth deal, the scheme has expanded. Details of the scheme can be seen further down this page.

Whilst not an exhaustive list, a summary of these improvements are:

  • Improved provision on the hill section of Headley Way
  • Mitigation measures at Oxford Road to improve safety for pedestrians/cyclists as a result of Swan School
  • New traffic signal crossing installations instead of using the old
  • Approximately 8000m2 of additional carriageway surfacing
  • Approximately 5000m2 of additional footway surfacing
  • Improved segregated cycle and pedestrian amenity along the length of Headley Way
  • Tighter kerb radii into side roads and side road entry treatments to encourage slower entry speeds into side roads to improve safety
  • More planting, trees and landscaping

These additional works do mean that we’ll need longer to complete the works on Headley Way. We are also re-programming when we undertake the retaining wall works on the hill section of Headley Way to cause less traffic disruption as well as take advantage of better weather conditions. Headley Way is now expected to finish in July 2019.

There are still works to undertake on Windmill Road and Old Road, which should be start in the Summer and be complete by September 2019.

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What is Access to Headington?

Access to Headington will improve facilities for pedestrians, public transport and cyclists and will include junction upgrades, improved cycling facilities and pedestrian crossings. A total of £14.5m is being invested.

It will be delivered as a series of individual pieces of work. This means that the timings can be coordinated with other work that may need to be done in the area in order to minimise disruption.

Why is it needed?

Existing traffic congestion leads to a number of problems, including delays to bus services and an unwelcoming environment for pedestrians and cyclists. With planned growth in the area, doing nothing will cause more problems over the next few years.

The objectives of Access to Headington are to:

  • Manage growth in car traffic by improving provision for more walking, cycling and use of public transport
  • Reduce congestion
  • Support job growth in health, innovation and education by improving access to major sites such as hospitals and universities
  • Provide safer options for travel to school and university for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Promote health and wellbeing by reducing transport’s environmental impacts

Headley Way

London Road

The Slade

Churchill Drive / Old Road