New Chilton A34 Services

A planning application has been opened for new services on the A34 at the Chilton Interchange. The services will be built off the first roundabout, from the Campus direction, on the land in-between the northbound slips and the A34 northbound lanes.

The services will have a petrol station, shop, cash machine and a drive through food / coffee outlet of some sort.

You can view the planning application, plans and reports from the council planning website:  P18/V1755/FUL.

There is also a website from the developer: a34chiltonservices.co.uk

In the planning statement they point out, with respect to the Harwell Campus; ‘the service area will provide a new retail shop and drive-through facility for the more than 6,000 people who work at the nearby Harwell Campus, which will be accessible by foot, cycle or car’.

The services would be within a ‘lunchtime walk’ distance from Fermi Avenue based organisations and cycling distance from all on the Campus. They have even included cycle parking at both the shop and drive through. However there are no plans to upgrade or provide any pedestrian / cycle access from the Campus direction (or Chilton residents on the west side of the A34). Unless you cycle on the roads and the roundabout you will need to drive to the services.

The plans do not appear to meet the walking and cycling provisions of; the Oxfordshire Local Travel Plan 3, Vale of White Horse Local Plan or the National or the National Planning Policy Framework.

Clearly the main customer base for the services will be vehicles on the A34 but there will be a reasonable regular custom from people based at the Campus. If access for pedestrians and cyclists are not included in the planning application it is a reasonable assumption that they will need to be built in the future at Council Tax payers expense.

HarBUG is minded to object to the application on these grounds as well as the services increasing the traffic on the roundabout making it less safe for cyclists crossing the junction.

If you have any comments please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

Harwell Village Traffic Management

Harwell Parish Council are holding a consultation about traffic management through the village now that the relief road has opened. S106 developer money from Great Western Park for traffic calming in the village is available or will be soon.

A presentation has been prepared which can be downloaded here: Harwell Village Traffic Management Discussion

Slide 16 deals with the junction with the A417 at the bottom of the Winnaway.

An online survey has been opened to get feedback from the discussion: Harwell Traffic Management Survey

Please have a look at the presentation and either send your comments directly using the survey (please also send to web@harbug.org.uk) or send it to web@harbug.org.uk and we will send a response from HarBUG.

This is an opportunity to try and make Harwell village a more pleasant and safer place to cycle, so have your say.

Bike Week 2018 – Campus Events from HarBUG

Join in with National Bike Week 2018. HarBUG has organised two campus events on Wednesday 13th June, open to anybody who cycles or would like to try cycling to work.


Campus Cycle to Work Day

We have a Campus Cycle to Work Day which is a great way to try cycling to work with one of our easy paced escorted rides to the campus from Didcot, Wantage or Grove, suitable for all fitness levels. Just turn up before the departure time detailed below:

  • Didcot Parkway, Brompton hire lockers – Depart 07:50
  • Wantage, Nelson Pub – Depart 07:45
  • Grove, Millbrook Square – Depart 07:30

If you already cycle to work, it is great event to meet other cyclists who commute to the campus.

There will be a free breakfast for cyclists, sponsored by Element 6, for any Campus staff who cycle to work on the Cycle to Work Day. Vegetarian option available. Breakfast will be served at the Harwell Pavilion, Thomson Entrance between 07:30 to 09:00.


Cycle Surgery

Mountain Mania from Didcot will be running a free cycle surgery from 08:30 to 12:30 in front of the Electron Building on Fermi Avenue.

If your cycle needs tuning up, adjustments or minor repairs then drop your cycle off and get it looked at for free.  Please see notes below for further details. Sponsored by Harwell Campus.

 

 


Media

Please download the poster for the event and display it on your organisation’s notice board: Bike Week Cycle to Work Poster 2018

Please download the word document and publish on your organisation’s intranet / newsletter / email: Cycle to Work Text


Notes for Cycle to Work Day:

  • If you are joining the escorted rides, please ensure your cycle is road worthy.
  • Cycle helmets are not mandatory on escorted rides but are recommended.
  • Ride leaders for the escorted rides will be wearing HarBUG fluorescent jackets.
  • We cannot connect the Didcot ride with trains from Oxford and Reading due to restrictions carrying cycles on some trains and timetable changes.
  • Free breakfasts will be available whilst stocks last.
  • Please contact chair@harbug.org.uk if you have any questions.

Notes for Cycle Surgery:

  • Cycle Surgery works on a first come first served basis.
  • Labour is provided free any parts must be paid for by the cycle owner.
  • The Cycle Surgery is provided for basic adjustments, tuning or minor repairs to cycles only. We reserve the right to refuse any cycle if the work required will require too much time to complete. The amount of time available will depend on the number of cycles left for work and a judgement call from either Mountain Mania or a HarBUG representative, this will be be non-negotiable.
  • Cycles are left at the Cycle Surgery at the owner’s own risk.
  • Cycles must be collected before the finishing time of 12:30.
  • HarBUG is not responsible for any damage, loss or theft of any cycles using the Cycle Surgery.

Cycle to Work Day – April 2018

Thanks to everybody who cycled in on the Campus Cycle to Work day. We had about 120 cyclists who visited the pavilion, which is a great turnout.

If you would like to see the results from our registration sheets you can download pie charts here: HarBUG April 2018 Results.

Don’t forget we have another cycle to work day during National Bike Week on Wednesday 13th June.  Please put the date in your diary and work on your colleagues to get them to try cycling to work. We will also have Mountian Mania offering free cycle checks and tune ups.

Cycle to Work Day – Wednesday 18th April 2018

HarBUG is hosting a Campus Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 18th April.

It’s time to go to the shed, dust down your cycle, pump up the tyres, oil the chain and cycle to work. If you have been cycling to work all through the winter then celebrate the start of spring and better cycling weather.

Don’t forget to tell colleagues and get them to ditch the car for the day and try cycling to work.

It is a great event to meet other cyclists who commute to the campus or to try cycling to work by joining one of our escorted rides in to the Campus.

There will be a free breakfast for cyclists, sponsored by Harwell Campus, for any Campus staff who cycle to work on the Cycle to Work Day. Vegetarian option available. Breakfast will be served at the Harwell Pavilion, Thomson Entrance between 07:30 to 09:00.

There will be free Science Vale cycle maps and other information available.

If you have never cycled to work before or are getting back in the saddle then join one of our easy paced escorted rides to the Campus, suitable for all fitness levels. Just turn up before the departure time detailed below:

  • Didcot Parkway, Brompton hire lockers – Depart 07:50
  • Wantage, Nelson Pub – Depart 07:45
  • Grove, Millbrook Square – Depart 07:30

Please download the poster for the event and display it on your organisation’s notice board: Cycle to Work Day Poster April 2018

Please download the word document and publish on your organisation’s intranet / newsletter / email: Cycle to Work Day Intranet April 2018

Notes:

  • If you are joining the escorted rides, please ensure your cycle is road worthy.
  • Cycle helmets are not mandatory on escorted rides but are recommended.
  • Ride leaders for the escorted rides will be wearing HarBUG fluorescent jackets.
  • We cannot connect the Didcot ride with trains from Oxford and Reading due to restrictions carrying cycles on some trains and timetable changes.
  • Free breakfasts will be available whilst stocks last.
  • Please contact chair@harbug.org.uk if you have any questions.

We are looking for ride leaders for the escorted rides from Didcot, Wantage and Grove. If you could help HarBUG out by leading a ride please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

Event kindly sponsored by Harwell Campus:

 

Proposed Wantage Road Cyle Lanes

Update 25th March

A draft HarBUG response to the Wantage Road Cycle Lane proposal can be found here: HarBUG-Wantage-Road-Cycle-Lanes-2018.pdf

If you have any comments / observations please email at: chair@harbug.org.uk

The County Council have a consultation open for proposed cycle lanes on Wantage Road in Didcot. These plans have been re-designed following our objections to the original designs proposed last year.

The new cycle lanes are a much better design and the kind of cycle lanes we have been asking for. They are a hybrid lane i.e. separate lanes on both sides of the road with a raised kerb and small height difference between the carriageway and cycle lane.

This type of cycle lane is common in Europe and now being used in the U.K. They have recently been built at Headington in Oxford along The Slade. Wantage Road will be the second installation in Oxfordshire.

The designs are not perfect, there are space constraints and existing restrictions but cyclists will have priority crosssing junctions. The design is in line with Didcot Garden plans and has future scope for extension to Harwell village and Didcot town centre.

HarBUG is minded to support the plans. It is important for the whole of the Science Vale to get this type of cycle infrastructure built and become the norm for cycle lane design in the area.

You can comment on the consultation by following the links below. HarBUG has full sized A0 prints of the scheme if you would like a detailed look please contact chair@harbug.org.uk to arrange viewing.

Consultation can be found here: B4493 Wantage Road Cycle Lanes Consultation

Plans for the western end of the cycle lanes (pdf): B4493_Wantage_Road_Proposed_Cycle_Provision_West

Plans for the eastern end of the cycle lanes (pdf): B4493_Wantage_Road_Proposed_Cycle_Provision_East

Please support the proposals. HarBUG will be sending a response but the more support we can get the more likely the plans will be passed. We anticipate some objections from Wantage Road residents and businesses. Please comment individually as well as letting HarBUG know your views.

Thanks

Cycle to Work Day – Wednesday 18th April

It’s time to go to the shed, dust down your cycle, pump up the tyres, oil the chain and cycle to work. To help you to get back in the saddle HarBUG are runnning a Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 18th April. More details to follow but book the date in your diary.

If you have been cycling to work all through the winter, join us on the 18th to celebrate the start of spring and better cycling weather.

Don’t forget to tell colleagues and get them to ditch the car for the day and try cycling to work.

We will be running escorted rides from Didcot and Wantage / Grove.  To run the escorted rides we need volunteer ride leaders, if you would like to help please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

 

Thomson Avenue Entrance Junction Upgrade

Oxfordshire County Council have opened a consultation into improving the Thomson Avenue Entrance from the A4185.

The proposals are for a traffic light controlled junction with a right hand turn lane in the southbound direction.

A plan of the junction can be downloaded here: Thomson_Avenue_Junction_Scheme_Plan.pdf

The consultation is detailed on the OCC website here: Harwell Campus Entrance Consultation

Things to note:

  • The car park at the entrance is being extended and the entrance/exit is being moved further down Thomson Avenue.
  • The current sharp turns needed on the pavilion side will be straightened out. However sharp turns will still be needed on the island in the middle of the junction.
  • The islands will have cyclist / pedestrian lights to control the crossing points.
  • All arms of the junction will have advanced stop boxes for cyclists. On the northbound lane of the A4185 there is a dropped kerb by the stop box to allow cyclists who are using the shared use path to join the main carriageway at the box.
  • The northbound bus stop that car drivers expect you to cycle in, will be removed to make way for the southbound right hand lane.

If you have any comments you can comment on the consultation direct or email your views to HarBUG and we will be sending in a consultation: mailto:web@harbug.org.uk

The consultation end on the 6th April.

P.S. The photo above shows the Thomson Avenue Entrance when it was the Nuclear Site main entrance with the large concrete blast blocks. The positioning of the blocks is why there is a sharp turn required on the pavilion side of the junction.