Witney Active Travel Scheme

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 We welcome your views on a major cycle scheme for Witney

Residents of Witney are being asked to offer their views on a major new cycle    scheme to help make the town a safer place to cycle and walk, to cut vehicle  journeys and offer cleaner air.

Oxfordshire County Council has funding from government and the Oxfordshire  Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to help people make more journeys in the  town by bike or on foot. We call this active travel and we have involved local  people and groups to help us to develop the proposed changes.

Government launched the active travel fund in response to the Covid-19  pandemic. The fund is designed to support economic recovery and enable people to travel safely whilst maintaining social distancing. However, the long term ambition is for walking and cycling to become the norm   for short journeys, or as part of a longer journey, with places that are designed first and foremost for people on foot or bicycle. This has led Oxfordshire County Council to further develop and expand the Oxfordshire active travel programme.

The Witney active travel scheme will deliver sustainable cycle routes across central Witney and join-up with further future improvements to walking and cycling in western Witney. It will provide a continuous east-west route across the whole town, making it easier for people to travel by bike or on foot.

What do we aim to do

  • Make walking and cycling safer for everyone
  • Make local shops, schools and employment easier to get to by walking and cycling
  • Provide more choice for travelling in Witney

Community activation measures are also being planned to support and empower people to use the new and improved walking and cycling infrastructure, working with local community groups to particularly support people who do not currently walk and cycle.

Witney scheme location

Measures are proposed to create a cross-town active travel route between Tower Hill in the west and Madley Park in the east. This will encompass the Five Ways roundabout, Corn Street, Market Square, Langdale Gate, Langel Common and Church Lane.

Proposed scheme measures

Measures throughout the route:

  • Install directional cycle signing with travel times to improve wayfinding
  • Review cycle parking and improve if necessary, to ensure that enough cycle parking is provided
  • Review road traffic signs to redirect motor vehicles to more appropriate routes
  • Monitor before, during and after completion of improvements to identify changes in the number of people walking and cycling along the route

Cross-Town Active Travel Route by section - Please refer to the design drawings under "consultation documents"

1. Tower Hill: Widen northern path and create an off-road, shared-use path for both pedestrians and cyclists. This will facilitate safe journeys (e.g. to school) for cycling off-road. Upgrade existing signalised crossing north of the Cemetery to a toucan crossing to allow people cycling to cross the road on their bike. 

2. Five Ways roundabout: Widen path and create an off-road, shared-use path on the northern side between Tower Hill and Corn Street for both walking and cycling. Widen the refuge islands on Tower Hill, Welch Way and Corn Street arms of the roundabout to provide more space for people walking and cycling waiting to cross.

3. Corn Street (from Five Ways roundabout to Holloway Road): On-road advisory cycle lanes (dashed cycle lane road markings) in both directions, with a buffer zone where the cycle lane passes on-street parking to protect cyclists from motor vehicle doors opening. Review motor vehicle parking timings, locations and number of spaces; review road markings; remove road centre line marking and introduce a 20mph speed limit to reduce motor vehicles to a safe speed and increase awareness of on-road cycling.

4. Corn Street (from Holloway Road to Market Square):

Corn Street between Holloway Road and Market Square has both a narrow road and paths. Corn Street is considered by the 'Cycle Streets Journey Planner' to be a ‘very hostile’ cycle route at present, which we would like to address. Corn Street is used by buses travelling to and from the main bus stops on Market Square and because of this, buses will still need to use Corn Street.

The proposal, therefore, is to create an eastbound bus and cycle only lane along Corn Street from Holloway Road to Market Square. All other motor vehicles will be able to travel westbound between Market Square and Holloway Road only, including for access to Swan Court and Marlborough Lane. All buildouts will be reviewed and adjusted or removed and parking, loading and stopping will not be permitted in the bus and cycle lane to allow continuous priority for buses and cyclists. Parking, loading and stopping will still be possible on the southside of Corn Street in the westbound direction from Market Square.

People will no longer be able to drive through Holloway Road from and to Corn Street. This will prevent Holloway Road being used as a rat-run (short-cut) and create a quieter and safer street. Residents will still be able to access Holloway Road from Welch Way. Walking and cycling will be possible between Holloway Road and Corn Street.  

We welcome all feedback on this proposal so that we can fully understand the range of activities taking place here and the potential impact changes could have on people’s day to day lives. 

Additional proposals on Corn Street between Holloway Road and Market Square include a new zebra crossing on Corn Street at Marlborough Lane to replace the build outs, and a 20mph speed limit to reduce motor vehicles to a safe speed and create a better environment for walking and cycling, including for trips to school and shopping.

5. Market Square: 20mph speed limit including 20mph roundels (symbols) on the road to reduce motor vehicles to a safe speed and make the paths and roads more pleasant and safer for walking and cycling.

6. Langdale Gate: On-road advisory cycle lanes (dashed cycle lane road markings); review road markings; remove road centre line marking and introduce a 20mph speed limit to reduce motor vehicles to a safe speed and increase awareness of on-road cycling.

7. Witan Way Roundabout: Off-road, shared-use path on northwest corner between Langdale Gate and Witan Way for walking and cycling. An off-road route is proposed to provide a safe route for people who prefer not to cycle on the road. Widen the refuge islands on Langdale Gate and Witan Way to provide more space for people walking and cycling waiting to cross. 

8. Langel Common from Witan Way to Church Lane: The path from Witan Way to Church Lane across Langel Common and the River Windrush is already a segregated path for walking and cycling. Minor measures to improve the existing path and consider whether more lighting is needed are proposed.   

9. Church Lane: 20mph speed limit to reduce motor vehicles to a safe speed and increase awareness of on-road cycling; carriageway patching where necessary.

10. Oxford Hill junction with Church Lane: Upgrade existing zebra crossing to a toucan crossing with connecting shared-use paths between the Church Lane and the Madley Park path, to provide a safe crossing point and allow people cycling to cross the road on their bike.

11. Oxford Hill to Courts Gardens (path to Madley Park): This section of the route was improved when Madley Park was built, we therefore propose minor measures to improve the existing path including considering whether more lighting is needed.  

12. Courts Garden to Park View Court (path to Madley Park): This section of the route was improved when Madley Park was built, we therefore propose minor measures to improve the existing path including considering whether more lighting is needed.  

13. Park View Court to Woodbank (path to Madley Park): This section of the path is not currently a cycle route, we therefore propose to create a new off-road, shared-use path including considering whether more lighting is needed so that the path matches the standard of the newer sections.  

14. Woodbank to footbridge over Madley Brook: This section of path has been left unfinished following the Madley Park and Woodbank developments. We seek to improve the surface and make it a shared-use path; ensure the bridge over the stream is safe for people walking and cycling by installing a new handrail; consider whether more lighting is needed.  

15. Woodbank: Informal on-road route; 20mph speed limit to create a core walking and cycling route from Madley Park and the schools, to Oxford Hill and the town centre. 

16. Woodbank to Wood Green School Entrance: This route used to carry some motor vehicles; however, a new road has been provided through Madley Park making this a quiet lane for walking and cycling. Minor measures to improve the existing path including considering whether more lighting is needed; bollards and signing are proposed. 

This consultation has now closed and feedback is available.

Timeline

  • Opened
    21 Jan 2021 at 16:00
  • Closed
    11 Feb 2021 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    30 Mar 2021

Details

Contact Name Kim Sutherland
Contact Email Address activetravelcherwellandwest@Oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07775025261
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND
Contact Details

Kim Sutherland, Assistant Transport Planner


Consultation Topic
  • Roads & transport
Geographical Area
  • Witney