Relief to Rowstock (phase one) public consultation opens

Oxfordshire County Council has today launched a consultation on proposed improvements to the A4130 between Milton Interchange and Steventon lights as part of the wider Relief to Rowstock scheme.

Commuters, residents, and businesses around Harwell, Steventon and Milton Heights can view the proposals, from today (11 October 2022) on the county council’s digital engagement and consultation platform, Let’s Talk Oxfordshire

 The Relief to Rowstock project will be delivered in phases. Phase one will focus on:

  • carriageway widening to provide an eastbound bus lane between Steventon Lights and Milton Interchange with improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • new traffic lights at Trenchard Avenue/A4130; and
  • an upgrade of Steventon Lights with improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Alongside the road improvements, the project will help:

  • facilitate and support economic growth in the wider Science Vale area, increasing opportunities for local people;
  • reduce congestion and improve journey times; and
  • improve safety for all road users.

Councillor Duncan Enright, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy, said:Oxfordshire needs a modern, reliable, affordable and sustainable transport system. The wider Science Vale area will see significant growth in the coming years and investment is needed now so that the transport network can meet the demands that will be placed upon it in the future.  

“The proposed works aim to improve connectivity to Milton Park and Harwell Campus from Wantage, Grove and Didcot. This will make it easier for people to choose walking, cycling or taking public transport as part of their daily routine across Oxfordshire and the Science Vale.”

The Relief to Rowstock scheme will cost approximately £10 million and is being financed through a combination of the government’s City Deal and Housing and Growth Deal funding as well as the county council’s Section 106 contributions. Work on additional phases of the scheme is dependent on funding availability and the potential need for any land acquisition.

 A public consultation on phase one opens  on Tuesday 11 October and will run until 11.59pm on Tuesday 8 November 2022. It will showcase the design details and road layout for phase one. The online consultation will also be supported by two drop-in events for members of the public to see the proposals in person:

  • Thursday 20 October 2022 – 6.30pm - 8.30pm,

              St Michael and All Angels Church, Church Lane, Steventon, OX13 6SW

  • Thursday 27 October 2022 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

               Marriot Courtyard Oxford South, 6 Milton Gate, Milton, Abingdon OX14 4FP.

Members of the public can view the online consultation and complete a survey by visiting letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/r2rproject-phase1

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