Chilton Road & A417 London Road (Upton) Proposed Traffic Management & Toucan Crossing

Chilton Road is a missing link in an otherwise traffic-free or low-traffic cycle route from Didcot to Harwell Campus and is part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 544.

Following feasibility investigations, the Department for Transport has awarded Sustrans (the Charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle), grant funding to deliver a scheme at Chilton Road. Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), who are responsible for Chilton Road, are consulting you on a scheme to transform Chilton Road into a safe walking, cycling and wheeling environment by re-routing vehicular traffic, from Chilton Road, on to London Road (A417) and Hagbourne Hill, utilising the grant funding.

Proposals for a permanent scheme have been in development for over a year, by Sustrans. Government funding was made available to councils during the covid-19 pandemic and provided an opportunity to ‘fast-track’ the closure of Chilton Road to vehicular traffic on a temporary basis. The funding was to provide greater space for people to walk, wheel and cycle in-line with Covid-19 restrictions. The closure has been in place since 19th August 2020 and has been delivered through a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO). The TTRO will remain in place for 18 months.

Oxfordshire County Council is therefore now proposing to introduce additional measures that will allow for the safe use of Chilton Road for walking, cycling and wheeling. Specifically, the proposals comprise of the following:

  • Extend the existing 30mph speed on Chilton Road from its current terminal point, to the junction with Hagbourne Hill, replacing in the whole existing 40mph speed limit as a result,
  • Banned Turning movements from Hagbourne Hill into Chilton Road from both directions, supported by No entry signs at the junction for vehicles approaching from the west.
    • Cyclists are unaffected by the restrictions.
    • Motor vehicle access into Chilton Road will continue to be from the A417 London Road junction for residents and visitors etc.
  • Traffic Calming Chicane (to be wide enough to accommodate non-standard cycles & wheelchairs) to be located on Chilton Road approx. 5 metres from Hagbourne Hill,
  • Gate feature (with 1.5-metre-wide cycle bypass) to be located on Chilton Road approx. 240 metres west of London Road,
  • Toucan Crossing (controlled crossing for use by pedestrians & pedal cycles) to be located on London Road approx. 12 metres South of Chilton Road,
  • Raised tables to be located on:
    • Chilton Road (approx. 6 metres long) approx. 80 metres west of London Road,
    • Station Road (approx. 14.5 metres long) at its junction with London Road.

Objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire, via email or in writing (quoting ref: CM.12.6.389) to the address below by 19 February 2021. The Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.

Any unresolved objections will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet meeting later in 2021 (the Forward Plan of decisions meetings can be viewed here). The papers for the meeting will be available on the County Council’s website about a week before the meeting.

Timeline

  • Opened
    20 Jan 2021 at 09:00
  • Closed
    19 Feb 2021 at 15:00

Details

Contact Name Christian Mauz (Technical Officer - Traffic & Road Safety)
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 0345 3101111
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road
OXFORD
OX1 1ND

Consultation Topic
  • Leisure & culture
  • Planning
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Councillors
Geographical Area
  • Didcot