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Works to improve cycling and road safety in Upton to start this week


Sep 27, 2022

WORK to improve cycling routes and road safety in an Oxfordshire village is due to start this week.

Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, will be carrying out the work in Upton, near Didcot, as part of the Chilton Road cycling scheme, a project to create a National Cycle Network route.

The road has been closed to cars since August 2020 on a temporary basis, and the council said the move “has been predominantly well received.”

Now the council will install a new crossing on the A417 London Road between the Station Road and Chilton Road junctions and other works will also be carried out to improve the carriageway on London Road between the junctions of Station Road and Chilton Road and the

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The installation of permanent barriers at the Hagbourne Hill end of Chilton Road and a locked gate near the location of the current chicane are also planned to provide access for landowners.

Safety signage, including signs to highlight the changes, will also be implemented.

The works are set to start on Friday (September 30) and will be completed by November 19.

Councillor Andrew Gant, the council’s cabinet member for highways management, said: “This is the first scheme in southern Oxfordshire that puts walking and cycling above motorised users.

“By closing off a road to motorised vehicles, we are setting the tone for delivering similar schemes in the area in the future.

“We are delighted to be able to help bring this section of the National Cycle Network up to standard and also help to improve links with the Science Vale Cycle Network routes.”

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The project is funded by the Department for Transport through walking and cycling charity Sustrans’ Paths for Everyone programme, as well as an active travel grant from the government and the council’s accessibility and road safety fund.

Sarah Leeming, Director for South of England at Sustrans, said: “We’re so pleased to see this project coming to fruition. Making this a permanent active travel route will mean that people in the area can continue to make use of a safer and more enjoyable space to travel under their own steam, by foot, wheel or pedal.

“This project, which is part of our Paths for Everyone programme, brings us one step closer to a National Cycle Network that is safer and more accessible for everyone.”

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation for seven weeks, Station Road will be closed for the duration of the work and London Road will also be closed for resurfacing work on November 18 and 19.

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This story was written by Anna Colivicchi, she joined the team this year and covers health stories for the Oxfordshire papers.

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