Newly revamped Hagbourne Hill road opens after £6m scheme

The newly revamped Hagbourne Hill road in southern Oxfordshire has opened.

Oxfordshire County Council has invested £6m improving the road as part of a package of measures across the “Science Vale” area to ensure the road network can meet the demands of the planned growth across the area.

Science Vale is an area of southern Oxfordshire that contains one of the most successful science clusters in the UK – including Harwell Campus, Culham Science Centre, and Milton Park. It is supported by Oxfordshire towns such as Didcot, Wantage and Grove.

What has the scheme involved?

Improved access and safety has been improved through changes to the existing road and creation of a new roundabout.

The main improvements involved lowering the crest of the hill by up to 2 meters between Chilton Road and Chilton Village, widening the road, new road surface, improved drainage, and creation of a new roundabout on to the A417 which included better pedestrian facilities.

I am delighted to see another Oxfordshire County Council transport improvement scheme completed and benefiting drivers and the local economy.

We are going through a busy period at the moment with work complete here and at the Milton Interchange and other big schemes at Chilton and on the northern approaches  Oxford set to be complete in the coming months.

We are now starting to see the positive outcomes for the transport system of the county council’s coordinated approach to investment.
Cllr David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet Member for transport

Hagbourne Hill improvement scheme in numbers*

  • A total of 40,000 man hours were spent on the job*
  • 1.5 km fencing was installed*
  • 1.0 Km drainage has been put in place*
  • There's 900 m of ducting*
  • The team excavated 9000m3 of earth and did 10,000m2 of surfacing*
  • All chalk and hard materials were re cycled - either on the job - or to the farmer.* All the topsoil that was dug out was recycled and re -used.