Refurbished Marston cycle path reopens two weeks ahead of schedule

Marston cycle lane, which links Marston with Oxford city centre, will reopen tomorrow afternoon [Saturday 7 October] after essential repair work was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.

The deck of Fignon Cycle bridge was replaced as the previous structure was in poor condition and posed a risk to cyclists and pedestrians using the bridge, as well as boaters passing beneath it.

The deck and parapets of Lemond footbridge were replaced as these had deteriorated significantly. The parapet was also strengthened and stiffened to reduce the amount of bounce when used by joggers.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Management, said: “The fact that Marston cycle path has opened two weeks ahead of schedule is excellent news for those who use it. We are all glad to see it back and in an improved condition.”

This was the first significant maintenance work the cycle path has received since it was built more than 30 years ago.

The closure began on 14 August and while it was in place, cyclists were allowed to push their bicycles through University Parks during school commuting hours. This diversion route, which was marshalled by volunteers, is now no longer in use, meaning people cannot wheel their bikes through University Parks.

The diversion route was agreed following extensive liaison between Oxfordshire County Council, the University of Oxford, and Oxford City Council.

Cllr Gant added: “I want to thank Oxford University, Oxford City Council and the volunteer marshals for their help in creating a safe alternative route during the closure. It was a huge success and very well used by parents and children as well as people going to work, and a fantastic example of collaboration.”

The county council leases Marston cycle path and the two bridges from owners Oxford University. Under this agreement, the council is responsible for the maintenance of the bridges and the work is being carried in agreement with the university.

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