Didcot Central Corridor public consultation opens

Oxfordshire County Council has today (6 June 2023) launched a consultation on proposals to improve access and the town environment in central Didcot.

The Didcot Central Corridor project aims to make the town a better place for residents and visitors by improving travel and public space along three important routes – known as the ‘Gateway Spine, ‘Cultural Spine and Foxhall Road’, and the town centre.

The project is part of the Didcot Garden Town delivery plan, which will help to improve the lives of residents by focusing on helping support shops, encouraging healthy lifestyles and helping to tackle climate change.

The council has developed ideas for the three routes, focusing on five geographical areas:

  • A4130 and B4493 – Science Bridge to Didcot Station
  • Didcot Road, Wantage Road and Foxhall roundabout
  • Broadway
  • Town and station connections
  • Cow Lane, Jubilee Way roundabout and Hadden Hill.

Councillor Duncan Enright, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy, said: “Didcot is growing and to keep everyone moving while meeting our climate goals, we think improvements need to be made to some parts of the town.

“We have developed some ideas that we think will make a real difference. These include creating a stronger identity in the town; making it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle safely; adding more trees, planting and green areas and improving air quality.

 “We want feedback from the residents of Didcot on whether our project aims are right and which of our ideas they think would be best.”

People can view the proposals and take part in an online survey on the county council’s digital engagement and consultation platform, Let’s talk Oxfordshire. The consultation closes at 11.59pm on Tuesday 4 July 2023.

The online consultation will also be supported by two drop-in events for members of the public to see the proposals in person:

  • Saturday 10 June 2023 – 10am - 4pm

        Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Rd, Didcot, OX11 7NE

  • Thursday 15 June 2023 – 6pm - 8pm

          Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Rd, Didcot, OX11 7NE

Following on from the consultation, the council will review which ideas to develop further and which not to progress at this time. This will include undertaking more testing and assessment to help understand how changes may impact traffic, including public transport.  

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