Here is an update from Cllr Roz Smith
Isaac Webb, project lead for Access to Headington project gave a progress update to local councillors.
A gas main had been discovered* at the Marsh Lane junction, thereby disrupting works and causing about a two-week delay, although they are expecting to make time up elsewhere with works that are easier to install.
Parking spaces outside the shops could be suspended as works are underway; businesses are being kept informed and the safety control officer is on hand to help with large lorry deliveries. There have been some complaints that businesses are suffering financially; government ruling is that compensation cannot be paid in these circumstances. (*This utility pipe had not appeared on records.)
Temporary traffic lights will be on when work to finish junction kerbs are underway – they are removed overnight. At the moment 24thJuly is the date for the change in direction of traffic that runs in front of the shops.
The JR junction works are on hold, with works planned to start at the top of Headley Way working their way on one side of the road towards the JR junction. These are due to start week beginning 25thJune. The advisory cycle lanes have been masked out; note I asked for the cyclists’ dismount signs to be removed as not necessary!
Safety through works has been an issue, e.g. jumping of red lights but no serious incidents have been reported.
I enquired when the Old Road continuous cycle lane works will start and is this still in the project. It is still in the scheme, will possibly be a priority next year. I also asked about the promised 20mph consultation for Windmill Road. The consultation is not part of Isaac’s remit and will depend on the highway safety team. I will continue to chase!
My last questions related to monitoring. There will be data showing before and after scheme is completed to show “benefit realisation”
Please note that the dates given are subject to change – e.g. finding another unrecorded utility pipe!