Access to Headington

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

With the arrival of additional funding from the growth deal, the scheme has expanded and we are delivering significantly more than before. 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 junction to improve safety for pedestrians/cyclists as a result of Swan School development
  • New traffic signals and pedestrian crossing installations
  • Approximately 8000m2 of additional carriageway surfacing
  • Approximately 5000m2 of additional footway surfacing
  • Improved segregated cycle and pedestrian amenity throughout Headington
  • Tighter kerb radii into side roads and side road entry treatments to encourage slower entry speeds, therefore improving safety
  • More planting, trees and landscaping

Latest update

Headley Way

We have completed the construction of the retaining wall on the west side of Headley Way. We are now undertaking surfacing on the upper and lower levels along the wall. Remaining works include the installation of handrails, signing and pavement markings.

We are also installing CIL funded Side Road Entry Treatments along this section. We have completed carriageway resurfacing in Headley Way as part of the Highway Asset Renewal Programme to avoid further visits and traffic disruption.

Oxford Connector Routes

We have completed the construction of a section of the Oxford Connector Routes project in Marsh Lane. The upgraded permanent traffic signals were commissioned in late January 2020.

Windmill Road

We have begun installing cycleways in Windmill Road. The delivery of this phase may be affected by the impacts of COVID-19 on the project. The work includes new parking layouts and the introduction of a 20mph speed limit for the whole length of Windmill Road.

We plan to undertake this work in short sections to minimise disruption to the public and residents parking provisions, but also to avoid the use of positive traffic management. Listed below are details of each phase. The workforce will endeavor to facilitate deliveries to residents by providing access adjacent to the traffic management.

Phase 1 – Rock Edge to Gathorne Road

Works scheduled 08/06/2020 – 26/06/2020

This phase includes the installation of a new pedestrian crossing point south of Gathorne Road. Additionally, 12 gullies will be replaced along this section, as well as the installation of dropped kerbs and new tactile paving at the Rock Edge and Gathorne Road junctions. The existing footway in this section will be resurfaced and some carriageway resurfacing will take place for the cycle path.

Phase 2 – Between house numbers 119 – 67

Works scheduled 29/06/2020 – 17/07/2020

This phase includes replacing 12 existing gullies and the installation of dropped kerbs and new tactile paving at the Mattock Close, Margaret Road and Langley Close junctions. Some carriageway resurfacing will take place for the cycle path.

Phase 3 – Between house number 67 and London Road

Works scheduled 20/07/20 – 31/07/2020

This phase includes replacing five existing gullies and some carriageway resurfacing will take place for the cycle path.

Phase 4 – Nuffield Hospital Entrance to Old Road (west side)

Works scheduled 03/08– 07/08/2020

This phase includes replacing 11 existing drainage kerbs. New signage will be installed along this section and full carriageway surfacing will take place.

Phase 5 – Entire of Windmill Road

Works scheduled 03/08– 14/08/2020

The final phase will see remaining line markings and road studs are installed along the entire stretch of Windmill Road. Anti-skid surface will also be installed at various points, including at the new and existing pedestrian crossings.

With the arrival of additional funding from the growth deal, the scheme has expanded and we are delivering significantly more than before. 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 junction to improve safety for pedestrians/cyclists as a result of Swan School development
  • New traffic signals and pedestrian crossing installations
  • Approximately 8000m2 of additional carriageway surfacing
  • Approximately 5000m2 of additional footway surfacing
  • Improved segregated cycle and pedestrian amenity throughout Headington
  • Tighter kerb radii into side roads and side road entry treatments to encourage slower entry speeds, therefore improving safety
  • More planting, trees and landscaping

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Background

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 £16.7m 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

The Slade

Churchill Drive / Old Road

COVID-19: Working safely and to government guidelines

The government has stated that any work that can be done safely and within Public Health England guidance can continue.

Safety for the site workers and general public is paramount and the county council is working closely with its contractors to assess the site and ensure that all working practices adhere to government guidance.