Cowley Road maintenance scheme

Work to carry out significant resurfacing and maintenance on this major route into Oxford

Cowley Road Maintenance Scheme Work to carry out significant resurfacing and maintenance on this major route into Oxford will begin on Monday 8 July 2019.

The £1.5million project will include resurfacing between the Plain Roundabout and Magdalen Road, drainage and footway repairs and reinstatement of buff coloured surfacing.

The work is expected to last up to 12 weeks and, although there will be disruption during this period, it is hoped that the new surface will not need further structural maintenance for many years to come.

During March 2019 advanced road works were completed at localised areas where the poor road condition posed safety concerns. These repaired areas will form part of the final work.

Background

Cowley Road is an important route into Oxford City Centre, the maintenance work provides an opportunity to redefine the shared space area visually and how road users are managed.

The maintenance proposals include agreed improvement measures that were the result of a consultation study carried out 2016/17.

There has not been any structural maintenance of the road since the 2005 shared space initiative was implemented and these works are expected to provide many years’ service performance. It will also reinstate the buff road colour to reinforce the shared space.

Traffic Management

The county council has designed the traffic management to minimise the impact on residents, businesses and all road users affected by these works.

The temporary traffic management required to safely construct the road works include temporary traffic signals and full road closures with alternative diversion routes. Details of the phasing and timing for the road works can be seen on the attached phasing drawings. These details may be subject to change but are indicative of the programme for construction.

Delays are likely throughout the works and everyone is being asked to review their daily route, mode of transport and time of travel and where possible consider alternatives.

Funding

A budget of approximately £1.5million has been made available for the design and delivery of this project. This forms part of the Carriageway Structural Maintenance Programme of works being delivered in Oxfordshire this financial year.

Objectives

  • Improve the road surface of this extremely busy route into Oxford, this will mean that no major road reconstruction will be required on this stretch of road for many years to come
  • Reintroduce the buff coloured surfacing to the road surface to highlight and reinforce shared use areas
  • Strengthen the road at bus stops to prevent early deterioration

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the work take place?

Enabling works are programmed to start on Monday 8 July. This will include removal of traffic islands, kerb and drainage repairs and will last for three weeks and will be carried out off-peak under temporary traffic signals. 

The main carriageway resurfacing is programmed to start on Monday 29 July and will last for seven weeks.  This will be carried out in nine phases, of which the first three phases will involve the closure of Cowley Road. Signed diversion routes will be in place during this period. The final six phases will be carried out under 24hr temporary traffic signals. 

The final element of work will involve reinstatement of traffic islands, street furniture and pavement repairs and is programmed to start on Monday 16th September for two weeks. This work will be carried out off-peak under temporary traffic signals. 

What will the working hours be?

Off-peak working hours will be 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Saturday working will be limited to 7.30am to 1pm. 

Normal working hours will be between 7.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.  Saturday and Sunday working will be limited to 7.30am to 1pm.  

We do not envisage extending these working hours but this will be reviewed if we encounter any unexpected delays. 

What are the diversions or alternative routes?

Signed diversion routes will only be put in place while Cowley Road is closed.  Details of the phasing and timing for the road works can be seen on the attached phasing drawings

Delays are likely throughout the works and everyone is being asked to review their daily route, mode of transport and time of travel and where possible consider alternatives.

Will bus services be affected?

We anticipate some delay to bus services along this route during the works, especially at peak times. 

Bus stops into and out of Oxford located along Cowley Road will need to be temporarily closed during the works. These closures will be advertised at the bus stops and will include information on the location of an alternative. 

How will cyclists and pedestrians be catered for while the work is done?

Cyclists will be catered for in all of the traffic management arrangements that will be put in place and are encouraged to follow the prescribed signage and diversion routes for their safety. 

Existing footways on both sides of Cowley Road will remain open to pedestrians at all times.  

Is parking affected?

Parking bays on Cowley Road will be closed while work is being carried in that location or where they may affect the safety of the traffic management in place.  These will vary as the scheme progresses. 

Temporary parking suspensions will be in place on the diversion routes that will be used while Cowley Road is closed, these include Temple Street, Stockmore Street, Marston Street, Rectory Road, Bullingdon Road and East Avenue. Suspension times and dates will be clearly signed in advance and residents will receive notification by letter. 

How will my business get deliveries?

During the works access to businesses via Cowley Road will be maintained. As with any road works, delays to normal journey times should be expected and we urge road users to take this into account when planning their journey. 

Access to shops/businesses located on Cowley Road will be maintained throughout the works. 

I want to ask a question or make a complaint – how can I do this?

If you would like to make a complaint or ask a question about these works you have a choice of methods to use: 

If our Customer Service Team can’t answer your question we can arrange for one of the council’s officers to respond to you directly.

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