County Council secures £3.3m funding for cycle scheme
The scheme will be made up of a number of improvements including a pedestrian and cycle bridge at Oxpens to connect to future City centre redevelopment and the train station, improvements along the Thames towpath including certain sections being widened, resurfaced together with the installation of lighting as well as widening of the foot and cycle bridge over Bulstake Stream.
Proposals also include provision for re-routing the National Cycle Network 5 via Old Greyfriars Street and new pedestrian and cycle crossings of Thames Street.
The council are ambitious for Oxford to become a world-class cycle city and has a long-term ambition to introduce a tiered structure of cycle routes across the city that will help encourage more people to cycle as well as reduce congestion for commuters.
Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “I am delighted that we have been successful with our proposal and the benefits this will bring to the community. As has been laid out in our Connecting Oxfordshire transport plan, we are keen to encourage cycling across the city.
“We have great plans for cycling, not just with this project but with other projects in progress like the Plain roundabout and Frideswide Square but future developments in Oxford and across the county.”
Simon Pratt, South East Regional Director at charity Sustrans said: “We thought it was a good proposal and were happy to support this bid to the Department for Transport. This will provide excellent links for cyclists and pedestrians and connect people to key employment areas as well as improved recreational facilities.”
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