Southern Oxfordshire gets £218 million
Transport improvements in and around Didcot will support the creation of new jobs and homes, thanks to a successful grant funding bid led by Oxfordshire County Council and supported by the district councils.
The funding will support the creation of new houses including affordable homes and will improve transport links including walking and cycling routes.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced in this year’s Spring Statement the positive outcome of the Housing Infrastructure Funding (HIF) bid for the Didcot Garden Town and the delivery of projects which include:
- A4130 widening from A34 Milton Interchange towards Didcot;
- A new “Science Bridge” over the A4130, Great Western Railway Line and Milton Road into the former Didcot A Power Station site;
- A new Culham to Didcot river crossing between the A415 and A4130; and
- A Clifton Hampden Bypass
The package of measures has previously been identified in Local Plans to deliver growth across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse districts and is linked with the Housing and Growth Deal which will help support the delivery of 100,000 new homes in Oxfordshire by 2031.
This funding announcement will mean that necessary infrastructure improvements are delivered in parallel with new homes and jobs ensuring the long-term economic success in this part of Oxfordshire.
All schemes include improved segregated walking and cycling routes which will give people real travel choice. The lack of suitable crossings over the railway line and river coupled with the success of the Science Vale area has resulted in heavy congestion. The same constraints have resulted in limited alternatives to the private car.
HIF will enable direct and convenient access between new and existing homes and key employment sites in and around Didcot. Oxfordshire County Council will continue to work with its partners and stakeholders to deliver the highway improvements to support growth across the area.
More information on VWHDC website.