Views sought on £12.5m transport improvements for Headington

Existing traffic congestion leads to a number of problems, including delay to bus services and an unwelcoming environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Congestion also affects those visiting the area including missed hospital appointments.

Access to Headington is a £12.5m package of schemes to improve access to major employment, health and education sites in the Headington area. This is also needed to support new housing and jobs in Headington, and beyond, without attracting more traffic to the area.

What Access to Headington aims to do

  • Manage growth in car traffic – planning for more walking, cycling and use of public transport
  • Support jobs growth in health, innovation and education by improving access to major sites such as hospitals and universities
  • Improving access to the major employment sites by sustainable modes
  • Promote health and wellbeing by reducing  transport’s environmental impact

What is being proposed

The project area includes the B4495 from Cherwell Drive/Marsh Lane to Horspath Driftway and the Eastern Bypass, as well as Old Road.

Proposed changes include:

  • Junction improvements
  • New cycle lanes and crossings
  • New pedestrian crossings
  • Changes to on-street parking
  • New bus lanes
  • Localised road widening to accommodate the above bus and cycle improvements

The implementation of changes is planned for summer 2016 to spring 2018.

Public consultation dates and times

The county council will be carrying out a public consultation on the Access to Headington project in July and August, informing and allowing stakeholders and members of the public to give their views on the proposals put forward.

Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said. “This project is great news for Headington. Oxfordshire County Council has been successful in obtaining substantial government funding for the Access to Headington project. The funding is to improve access to the area and will help us to make better use of an already busy road network in coming years with the emphasis on public transport, cycling and walking. We are keen that local people come along, see the plans and give us some feedback.”

The consultation starts on Friday 3rd July and will end on Friday 7th August 2015.  Exhibitions will be held as follows:

  • Friday 3rd July, 13:00 – 20.00

St Anthony’s of Padua, 115 Headley Way, Oxford

  • Saturday 4th July, 10:00 – 16:00

New Marston Primary School, Copse Lane, Oxford

  • Thursday 9th July, 13:00 – 20:00

Wood Farm School, Titup Hall Drive, Oxford

  • Saturday 11th July, 10:00 – 16:00

St. Andrew’s Primary School, London Road, Oxford

In addition to the exhibitions, members of the public will also be able to view proposals and give their feedback online using the county’s consultation webpage which will be available from Friday 3 July (consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk).