Work to start on Harwell link road soon


Work on a new and highly anticipated £11.8m road will begin in the next few weeks.

Contractors will start on the site of Harwell Link Road to carry out preparation work such as site clearance on 1 December before the main phase of work gets under way in the new year.

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet member for transport, said: “The road is something that local people have wanted for a long time, and we are now approaching the time when work will start.

“I am sure that people living in and around Harwell will be pleased to see the team arrive on site and will watch the road take shape with great interest.

“This is a large and challenging project, but the benefits should prove to be worth the wait. I’d like to thank local people for their support so far.”

About the road

The £11.8m project, which will connect the B4493 to the A417, is the latest in a package of improvements from the Science Vale Transport Strategy to be built and aims to improve access to the Enterprise Zone and reduce local congestion.

The strategy is to provide a more direct route from housing developments west of Didcot at Great Western Park and Valley Park to Harwell Oxford Campus.

The project aims to:

· increase the capacity of the local road network

· relieve Harwell village of through traffic by 250 trips per hour

· provide greater route choice

· relieve congestion elsewhere on the network.

Work is expected to be complete in Spring 2018.

More information on the scheme can be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/harwelllink