Science Vale Cycle Network Update


July 2020 - Issue No.2

Cycle and Pedestrian Routes to Milton Park, Harwell Campus and Culham Science Centre
Peep-o-Day-Lane (3B1&3B2) is now fully open to public. 
Enjoy the ride!

How we're getting on with the work
Routes Currently in Construction
Route 1 (B-K2): Wantage to Harwell Campus " Icknield Greenway" 
  • Construction of section 1B (bridleway 285/7 from West Lockinge to School Road, Ardington; via Christopher's Woodwas completed on 24 June 2020.
  • Construction of section 1E2 (new bridleway on farm track from Red Barn to Ginge Brook) was completed on 3 July 2020 (photos to follow with the next bulletin).
  • On 18 June 2020 construction commenced on section 1H and 1i (byway 403/9 & restricted byway 119/17: Ginge Rd to Hungerford Rd)
  • Construction of sections 1G2 and 1F2 (Ginge Brook crossing and byway 403/9 to Ginge Road) are progressing well and will be completed as per Route 1 Construction Programme in October 2020.  
For latest drawings, diversions and the location plan please visit our project page.

Covid-19 and Safety Message!
We would like to ask all walkers and cyclists to stay away from Route 1 construction sites and to use diversions where possible. The sites are often dangerous and should only be accessed with safety boots and appropriate PPE. If you see a fence, please do not go around it. We would also urge everyone, not to touch the fences and our equipment, and not to leave any notes for us on site. We need to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections among our staff, to a minimum and your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

Route 1 Environmental Impact
Many of you have been emailing us with questions about the environmental impact of the construction on flora and fauna in this unique North Wessex Downs AONB (Area of Natural Beauty).
  • As with all our projects, we take the environmental impact very seriously and have completed multitude of environmental checks, assessments and specific site visits during design, and consulted with all relevant agencies where required. The environmental impact may seem extensive whilst we prepared the site for construction and during the works, but the overall impact is positive and will ensure sustainable way of travel for many cyclists and other users, especially, in light with the latest Government announcements related to Covid-19. This route is crucial for commuters to Harwell Campus and will  aid modal shift from cars to cycling in the future. This will keep contributing to the positive environmental impact for many years to come. 
  • During design we also completed wide-ranging grounds investigations, soil sampling and testing. We carefully selected the materials to suit the AONB (Type 1 compacted stone) as opposed to tarmac. We agreed not to use edgings and we will be re-seeding all areas that require it after construction to make it as natural looking as possible. We are not proposing any lights or path-finders (i.e. i-glo discs), to prevent light pollution, and we minimised the use of bollards and signage where we could. The bridge deck and parapets are wooden and sustainably sourced from Europe.The wood will get darker with time, leaving the area look symbiotic.
You can download our Environmental Memo completed for Route 1 here. This document should give you some assurances that our design decisions were carefully arrived at. 
Route 1 Construction Photos
Completed Section 1B
Route 3 (B1/B2): Abingdon to Milton Park 
Peep-O-Day-Lane path upgrades along Thames Water treatment facility (3B1), and between Drayton Road and Quarry Road (3B2) were completed on 23 April and 24 June 2020 respectively. See the gallery below. We have been receiving positive feedback about the path and the glowing discs. 
Before and After Photos
Routes Currently in Design
Route 3 (D/C): Abingdon to Milton Park 
Improvements to an off-road section between Milton Park and Sutton Courtenay (3D) and signage improvements along Drayton Road, Brook Street, High Street and Milton Road (3C).
  • Detailed design was submitted on 7 July and is currently being reviewed before procurement can commence. The approved drawings will be available on the project page with the August update
  • Application to Environment Agency (EA) for working in close proximity to a river was submitted on 8 June. Construction is programmed for early September 2020.
  • Planning permission was granted by Vale of White Horse Planning Authority, on 25 June, to provide a 700m long x 3m wide, combined cycle and pedestrian route.
  • Scheduled Ancient Monument consent was also granted, in June by the Secretary of State, for the works to proceed as per the submitted design, subject to certain conditions being adhered to. 

Route 5 (G): Didcot to Harwell Campus
New stepped cycle track (approx. 900m) along Wantage Road, between Didcot Community Hospital and the B4493 Wantage Road Roundabout.
  • Taylor Wimpey have resumed construction activities on some of their projects and re-started the final stages of procurement for this section in June. The contractor has recently been appointed and final preparatory works, including notices, letter to residents and signing of the s278 agreement are underway and are expected to be completed by 24 July.
  • The construction is scheduled to start on 27 July, subject to above activities being finalised. Construction completion is programmed for end of March 2021.

Route 7A (A&C): Abingdon to Culham Science Centre 
(*contingent on other routes).
Improvements to existing off-road tracks along Abbey Meadows, from Abbey Close to Barton Ln.
  • Detailed design is underway and is due to be completed w/c 20 July. EA application, for working on a flood plain and near the river was submitted on 25 June. Construction is scheduled for late September with advanced vegetation clearance starting early September. (*providing there is sufficient funding available to proceed to construction).

Route 8G: Didcot to Culham Science Centre
New ramped cycle by-pass lanes at two build-outs on the High Street in Long Wittenham (at the Red Barn and at No 35 High Street).
  • Detailed design has been resumed in June and the final drawings will be submitted w/c 27 July. Procurement is scheduled to start w/c 3 August and construction will commence in September.
Routes Currently in Close Down Stage
Route 6: Didcot to Milton Park
Street lighting scheme along north side of Milton Road, Didcot (6A) and footway works at Foxhill Road and Station Road, Didcot (6B)

6A - installation of new street lighting was completed in May 2018.
6B - construction activities to convert the existing footpath to a shared use cycle/pedestrian facility
 was completed in March 2019.

Additional road markings and signing work recommended by the Road Safety Assessor has now been priced and will be scheduled in in the next few weeks.

About the Project 
To find out more about the project and download the latest designs and programme please visit our project page.
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