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Backhill Lane tunnel to reopen

Published on: 19/02/2016

Earlier this week, Oxfordshire County Council announced that they would be starting work on opening the Backhill Lane tunnel this summer, a tunnel from Milton Park to a footpath on the A4130.  The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is providing £1.4m of Growing Places Fund money to create the sustainable transport link between Milton Park and existing and future residential areas of Didcot.

The tunnel has been closed for many years to the general public, a map indicating where the tunnel is can be downloaded below.

As well as opening up the tunnel, the funding will also contribute towards improvements on the A4130, including a new road crossing. The work is expected to take around four months and will include:

  • building a foot and cycle path from Milton Park to the north side of A4130
  • lighting and CCTV installation in tunnel
  • improved fencing, preventing access to the rail line

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “This is really good news for anyone who lives or works in the area as it will provide convenient, attractive and direct pedestrian and cycle dedicated access to Milton Park from the western side of Didcot.

“Science Vale is a world class centre for science and innovation, and transport accessibility is well known to be a key to enabling business activity and attracting new investment.

"Major growth is planned across the area with 16,000 additional homes and 20,000 jobs by 2031. 8,500 of these jobs will be provided at Harwell Oxford and Milton Park as part of the Enterprise Zone.

“The final product will encourage greater use of sustainable transport, helping to reduce the number of vehicles on our road network and improve the health of our population.  The scheme will play a part in encouraging economic development in the area.”

For more information on the scheme, please click here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/news/2016/feb/backhill-tunnel-scheme-start-summer

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