A4185 improvements for thriving Harwell Campus junction to start

Work to increase capacity at a key junction at one of Oxfordshire’s leading and expanding science, innovation, technology and business campus is to begin on Monday 12 August.

Contractors working for Oxfordshire County Council will be upgrading the junction off Thomson Avenue with new traffic signals. The new design will provide more capacity for the predicted future housing and employment growth in the Science Vale area.

The £1.5m overhaul is needed as the current give-way junction between the A4185 Newbury Road and Thompson Avenue will be insufficient to cater for the additional predicted trips into and out of site. Work is expected to be complete January 2020.

Plan your journeys while work is underway

From 12 August 2-way lights will be in place for the duration of the improvement work. These will be manually controlled from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM by the site team to keep delays to a minimum.

There could be delays during this time so anyone planning travelling to or through the area is advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time, especially if they plan to travel during peak times.

Investing in a thriving community

County Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “The Harwell area is thriving and growing and I am pleased that Oxfordshire County Council is playing its part in providing the infrastructure that is needed.

“We have been successful in obtaining City Deal funding from the Department of Transport for a number of schemes in the Science Vale area.

“One of these is to improve access to Harwell Campus, which is a strategically important part of the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone. The site is subject to continuing, ambitious development and improved access is required to complete these developments.”