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