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TRANSPORT planners have made an £11m bid to turn the Milton Interchange near Didcot into a hamburger roundabout.

The scheme, which will also add new slip roads, is designed to cut congestion on the A34, boost the economy and create jobs in the Science Vale Enterprise Zone.

But while the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is backing the Milton Interchange scheme, it has abandoned a bid for £3.7m to install traffic lights at the Cutteslowe roundabout in North Oxford.

The LEP is bidding for funding from the Government’s £170m pinch point fund, which is designed to tackle congestion on the roads network.

The 14-strong board unanimously agreed to back the Milton Interchange bid at a meeting last week, after receiving a report which said it requires “significant improvements to enable the junction to operate effectively with the level of growth planned for the area”.

If the Government backs the scheme, the project could take 21 months to complete, with construction taking place in 2014 and 2015.

Didcot town council leader Margaret Davies said: “There will be some pain before there is gain when building work takes place.”

Milton Park managing director James Dipple welcomed the scheme, adding: “Anything that improves infrastructure in the area will be good for business growth.”

The LEP said it would not support the Cutteslowe proposal because it wanted a more comprehensive solution to traffic problems in the area, before the development of the Northern Gateway scheme, which could bring 3,000 new jobs to land close to the Pear Tree interchange.

The Cutteslowe scheme would have seen traffic lights installed on the roundabout and bus priority lanes installed.

Residents living nearby were disappointed the bid was not being progressed. Former journalist Richard Davy, 82, of Hamilton Road, North Oxford, said: “Putting traffic lights on Cutteslowe roundabout would have been a good interim solution.”

County council executive member for transport Rodney Rose said: “The LEP has asked us to come back with a better projection that includes the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts and a link road between the A40 and A44.”

Mr Rose said the bid for funding for Milton Interchange would run alongside a bid launched last month for £50m of government ‘city deals’ funding to improve the A34 and A40.

The Government is making £170m available in a second round of pinch point funding and the county council is hoping for a decision on the Milton Interchange bid as soon as possible, as the money has to be spent by 2014/2015.

Chairman of Oxfordshire LEP Adrian Shooter said: “The board endorsed the proposed improvements to Milton Interchange as having real potential to reduce congestion at this location and to do so without delay.”

City council leader Bob Price, a board member on the LEP, said the decision not to proceed with the bid for cash for Cutteslowe roundabout was also unanimous.

In February 2011, a £4m project was completed to improve the M40/A34 junction at Wendlebury near Bicester, by widening the southbound exits.

Work is expected to start this year on an £8.5m second phase, which is expected to include widening the A34 approach to the junction from two to four lanes.

 

WHAT EXACTLY ARE LEPs?

Local Enterprise Partnerships are partnerships between local authorities and businesses, set up by the Government in 2011 to boost local business, replacing the former Regional Development Agencies.


The Oxfordshire LEP brings together business representatives from the Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses, Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Science Vale UK.


Board members include city council leader Bob Price, county council leader Ian Hudspeth, and South Oxfordshire District Council leader Ann Ducker.

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9:41am Fri 15 Feb 13

Feelingsmatter says...

Oh my word; SOME pain? I think that's an understatement.
Oh my word; SOME pain? I think that's an understatement. Feelingsmatter

10:05am Fri 15 Feb 13

Gunslinger says...

Presumably this involves tunnelling through the existing A34 embankment, so major disruption for the A34 as well.

Not sure how this is going to help, the main flows are surely between the A34, Milton Park and new developments west of Didcot, rather than to/from Milton Heights/Steventon/Wa
ntage and points west, so what is going through the middle of the burger?
Presumably this involves tunnelling through the existing A34 embankment, so major disruption for the A34 as well. Not sure how this is going to help, the main flows are surely between the A34, Milton Park and new developments west of Didcot, rather than to/from Milton Heights/Steventon/Wa ntage and points west, so what is going through the middle of the burger? Gunslinger

10:11am Fri 15 Feb 13

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

£3.7 million to install traffic lights at the Cutteslowe roundabout????? Someones on a big back hander there. Also how would putting lights there help improve traffic flow??? Roundabouts were designed so you avoid putting traffic lights up, which stops traffic when there is no need to. Now in Oxford we have both, roundabouts and lights together, and all these do is slow traffic down, not improve it.
£3.7 million to install traffic lights at the Cutteslowe roundabout????? Someones on a big back hander there. Also how would putting lights there help improve traffic flow??? Roundabouts were designed so you avoid putting traffic lights up, which stops traffic when there is no need to. Now in Oxford we have both, roundabouts and lights together, and all these do is slow traffic down, not improve it. Bart_simpsonDoh

10:51am Fri 15 Feb 13

livid99 says...

This will be a nightmare. What is needed is an improvement to the road leading from the A34 into Didcot, or a separate lane for the stupid number of lorries driving along this road.
If this work goes ahead at the Milton interchange before anything is done to cope with the traffic on this road first, it will result in total gridlock.
This will be a nightmare. What is needed is an improvement to the road leading from the A34 into Didcot, or a separate lane for the stupid number of lorries driving along this road. If this work goes ahead at the Milton interchange before anything is done to cope with the traffic on this road first, it will result in total gridlock. livid99

11:47am Fri 15 Feb 13

birdtable says...

Can someone explain what a hamburger roundabout, please
Can someone explain what a hamburger roundabout, please birdtable

12:02pm Fri 15 Feb 13

livid99 says...

birdtable wrote:
Can someone explain what a hamburger roundabout, please
Its a roundabout with a lane for horses...
[quote][p][bold]birdtable[/bold] wrote: Can someone explain what a hamburger roundabout, please[/p][/quote]Its a roundabout with a lane for horses... livid99

1:01pm Fri 15 Feb 13

bobsmith61 says...

It's not that long since they last spent a fortune and caused traffic chaos by re-doing the roundabout and junction, obviously a waste of money if they are doing it all again.
It's not that long since they last spent a fortune and caused traffic chaos by re-doing the roundabout and junction, obviously a waste of money if they are doing it all again. bobsmith61

3:58pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Inkpot says...

livid99 wrote:
This will be a nightmare. What is needed is an improvement to the road leading from the A34 into Didcot, or a separate lane for the stupid number of lorries driving along this road.
If this work goes ahead at the Milton interchange before anything is done to cope with the traffic on this road first, it will result in total gridlock.
Agree..........this road should have been a dual carriageway from the start since 90%+ of lorries use it to go to/from Milton Park and the other sites.
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: This will be a nightmare. What is needed is an improvement to the road leading from the A34 into Didcot, or a separate lane for the stupid number of lorries driving along this road. If this work goes ahead at the Milton interchange before anything is done to cope with the traffic on this road first, it will result in total gridlock.[/p][/quote]Agree..........this road should have been a dual carriageway from the start since 90%+ of lorries use it to go to/from Milton Park and the other sites. Inkpot

9:00pm Fri 15 Feb 13

son says...

Milton Park is a nightmare coming in from the west - I go via Steventon and there is always a queue to the top of the hill. Generally takes about 15 mins to do the last mile of my journey. Any improvement will be welcome. Saying that though, they took over double the amount of predicted time to complete the last 'improvements' that did nothing. Fingers crossed this will help!
Milton Park is a nightmare coming in from the west - I go via Steventon and there is always a queue to the top of the hill. Generally takes about 15 mins to do the last mile of my journey. Any improvement will be welcome. Saying that though, they took over double the amount of predicted time to complete the last 'improvements' that did nothing. Fingers crossed this will help! son

1:04pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Adrian1 says...

I thought it already was a hamburger junction with McDonalds sat next to it? (other burger joints exist and this in no way endorses this mentioned brand).
I thought it already was a hamburger junction with McDonalds sat next to it? (other burger joints exist and this in no way endorses this mentioned brand). Adrian1

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