Access to Headington

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

Headley Way works started on 14 May.

The works will start with temporary lights on the junction of Marsh Lane/Headley Way for  three weeks whilst central islands are removed and reinstated with a temporary road surface.

Temporary lights will then move to the JR access roundabout in mid-June for two weeks, whilst the existing pedestrian crossing is disconnected and removed along with the remaining central islands and reinstated with a temporary road surface.

After that the remainder of the works will be delivered under narrow lanes.

London Road / Osler Road Pedestrian Crossing

A pedestrian crossing in this location will provide a safer amenity for a clear desire line and seeks to reduce the number of pedestrian/vehicle accidents that are occurring here.

The works include a new set of bus priority traffic lights and a reduced width crossing point.

Re-surfacing will be undertaken overnight on London Road on the 9/10/11 May requiring closures between 8pm and 6am.  Diversion signage will be in place.

Headley Way

Construction between 14 May – March 2019 to provide new signalised junctions replacing the roundabouts for the JR access and the double mini roundabouts at Marsh Lane as well as improved cycle infrastructure along the length of Headley Way/Cherwell Drive between London Road and Oxford Road.

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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 £12.5m 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

Benefits to the public

New and improved cycle route connections along Cherwell Drive, Headley Way, Windmill Road, Old Road and The Slade - proposals will make journeys safer and more convenient for cyclists by providing dedicated cycle lanes, which are segregated wherever possible, or where obstructions, such as parked cars, are removed. Cyclists will also be given more priority at junctions and crossings will be upgraded to accommodate cyclists as well as pedestrians. 

This will be the first piece of work and is planned to start on 17 October 2016 and is scheduled to be complete by March 2017.

Works programme

Following that we will move on to these areas. More information on when this will be will be made available as we make progress on the first stage.

  • New pedestrian crossings at existing junctions and on Headley Way and London Road - proposals will also make journeys on foot more convenient and safer, and treatments at side roads across the project area will also give pedestrians (and cyclists) a greater sense of priority.
  • Significant upgrades to existing junctions - proposals include changes to existing roundabouts at the Marston Road/Headley Way/Cherwell Drive/Marsh Lane junctions, as well as the JR hospital access/Headley Way junction, which will be converted to signal junctions. This will enable junction capacities to be better managed and prioritised to improve bus journey times and reliability.
  • Bus priority measures at the Churchill Hospital/Old Road Campus site - proposals include a peak period bus gate on Roosevelt Drive and improvements to junctions with Old Road. This will help to give existing and potential bus services greater priority and journey reliability as they travel through this part of the network.

FAQ

What is Access to Headington?

Access to Headington is a £12.5m package of schemes designed to improve access to major employment, health and education sites in the Headington area. It is also designed to support new housing and jobs in Headington, and beyond, without attracting more traffic to the area.

What Access to Headington aims to do:

  • Manage growth in car traffic – planning for more walking, cycling and use of public transport
  • Support jobs growth in health, innovation and education by improving access to major sites such as hospitals and universities
  • Improve access to the major employment sites by sustainable modes
  • Promote health and wellbeing by reducing  transport’s environmental impact

What are the works and how will it improve the area?

The project area includes the B4495 from Cherwell Drive/Marsh Lane to Horspath Driftway, as well as Old Road.

Proposed improvements include:

  • Upgraded junctions
  • New cycle lanes including shared pedestrian and cycle paths
  • New pedestrian and cycle crossings
  • Removing parking bays on the roads that cause congestion
  • Bus priority measures
  • Localised road widening to accommodate bus and cycle improvements

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.

Who is doing the work?

Oxfordshire County Council with their contractor Skanska and specialist sub-contractors.

How much will it cost?

Total project cost £12.5m.

Where is the money coming from to pay for it?

Central government funding for infrastructure (the Local Growth Fund) and contributions from nearby property developers.

When does work start?

The first stage of construction work started in October 2016 and completed in February 2017.

In April 2017 we began phase 2 of works which is still ongoing and will be complete by the end of October 2017. 

The work to Churchill Drive and it’s junction to Old Road will begin on 11th September and will last approximately 15 weeks.

The work on Headley Way/Cherwell Drive will begin in January 2018 and will be completed in Summer 2018.

Dates for future phases will be confirmed nearer the time.

Where will you be working in the next phase?

The next phase of work will be on Churchill Drive between its junction with Old Road and Roosevelt Drive.

What is the programme of works?

Access to Headington is a 23 month programme of work which will begin in October 2016. The work will be carried out in four smaller stages in order to cause as little disruption as possible.  

This next phase on The Slade will take approximately 26 weeks to complete.

What are your hours of work?

Our working hours are typically 7:45am to 5:45pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings. The working hours on Saturdays will be 7am to 1pm. We are working for as long as we can while bearing in mind that this is a residential area.

Occasionally we may need to do night time working in order to carry out work which we are unable to do during the day (due to lack of space or safety), in which case the hours will be 8pm to 6am. We will ensure that all residents and those that are affected are informed in advance of these night time closures and other work that may have a significant impact.  

Why didn’t the work on Churchill Drive take place whilst the Energy Link work was being done?

We had hoped we would be able to utilise the closure that Vital Energi had on Churchill Drive in order to carry out our work. However there was not the space to do so and therefore we had to re-programme our work for a later date. We will not be un-doing any of the work Vital Energi did.

What is the impact on traffic going to be?

Work will start on the Churchill side of the road and for the most part, traffic will be controlled under two-way narrow lanes. However there may be some periods when space is limited and we may need to install temporary traffic lights. Due to the road already being narrowed when the works happen on the eastern side, there will be more working under temporary traffic lights.

The advice is always to plan your journeys to avoid being late. Public transport, including park and rides, is likely to be a better option for many people.

For road closures there will be diversion signs in place and advanced warning signs will be in place prior to the closures being implemented. All closure information can be found on this web page.

Will there be any impact on parking?

When carrying out work on Churchill Drive, we will need to close part of Lime Walk. During this time, some on-road parking will be suspended whilst we carry out he work. Residents on Lime Walk are being notified directly.  

Will there be noise?

Noise will be limited as much as possible but there will be periods when noise is unavoidable.

When we do work at night, noise will be limited to before 11pm.

Will there be road closures?

 There may be road closures during this phase of works, they will be advertised on site before happening and will be limited to evenings and nights. We will also outline all road closures on the project webpage and in the e-bulletin.

Will there be diversions?

There will be signed diversions associated with any road closures.

Will I still be able to get to work/to my house?

We will be closing roads whilst we carry out the work. However, we will do what we can to make sure access is maintained where possible. Our project team will be on hand to assist where necessary.

Access for vehicular driveways may be affected, but the contractor will discuss and make arrangements to ensure that people can get in and out as easily as possible and informed if access will be unavailable at any time.

What will the emergency services do?

All emergency services will be informed of road closures and roadworks so that they can choose the most appropriate route. Emergency services are allowed to pass through road closures and are well practiced in finding the best ways to get to their destination in all circumstances.

How will public transport be affected?

We have been in regular contact with the bus companies prior to the project starting and will continue to do so throughout the scheme. Public transport will continue to run (though some bus stops may be closed with prior warning or moved slightly to accommodate the works) but may be affected by any delays due to the roadworks. We would advise allowing a little longer for your journey.

How will businesses be affected?

There will be times throughout the project when we will be working directly outside businesses. We will work with our contractor to ensure there are no access restrictions to the business and they will be able to run as normal.

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