Oxfordshire County Council have had their bid for the Sustainable Transport Fund rejected. This is a setback for plans of a Science Vale Cycle Network. The plans have not been scrapped and the council will be seeking alternative funding, however this will most likely mean longer timescales for improvements and new infrastructure. HarBUG intends to keep the plans alive and in the forefront when transport funding is discussed and allocated.
In May 2011 Sustrans route 44, which runs from Didcot to Wantage via the Harwell Campus, was upgraded to the West of the Harwell Campus, in the Wantage direction.
New drainage pipes have been laid and the route re-surfaced on the stretches that were badly rutted and damaged.
HarBUG was instrumental in facilitating the work which was carried out by Oxfordshire Countryside Services. The repairs were jointly funded by Goodman, on behalf of the Harwell Campus, and Oxfordshire Countryside Services.
At the same time the Hendred Estate cut back vegetation and overhanging trees and erected new fencing.
In May 2011, following the removal of fencing from the former secure site a new North South corridor has opened up linking the two halves of the campus for the first time.
A new cross campus route running from Sustrans route 44 through to Fermi Avenue is now realised. This provides a more direct route for cyclists from the Wantage direction who no longer have to ride out to the main road and then back in. It also provides an alternative to the main road for cyclists from Didcot and Abingdon directions.
The route uses existing campus roads and a new path has been constructed, next to the new fence line, to connect Rutherford Avenue with Library Avenue.
Please click link to show route details: Cross Campus route
In February 2008 a cycle facilities design guide was published and sent to various companies and contacts around the campus along with a covering letter. The design guide was produced to try and ensure that high quality cycle facilities are included in any new buildings or refurbishments. The covering letter also encourages companies to set up cycle to work schemes to enable bikes to be purchased tax and VAT free.
Please click link to download a copy of the design guide: HarBUG Cycle Facilities Design Guide
In January 2010 HarBUG submitted it’s proposals for cycling transport infrastructure in the Science Vale area to the county council as part of it’s Local Transport Plan 3 (LTP3) consultation.
The submission contains proposals for a Science Vale Cycle Network, as discussed in the SCOTS report , a Didcot Cycle Network and a Wantage / Grove Cycle Network.
Please click links below to download a copies of our proposal:
Full submission to County Council – HarBUG LTP3 Response
Proposed network map (with background – 8Mb): Science Vale Cycle Network Map (Proposed)
Proposed network map (without backgound): Science Vale Cycle Network Tube Map (Proposed)