On the road towards improved Wheatley access

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

On Monday 29 July, contractors began the first phase of construction of a new access road at Wheatley Campus.

Wheatley access road

This will include development at the nearby Wheatley Park School to significantly improve pupil safety and traffic issues, as well as establishing new pedestrian crossings in the area.

In order to carry out this work, the footpath leading to Oxford Brookes from Holton Road at the site of the new junction has now been closed, and is expected to reopen in April 2014. Staff or students who use this footpath and have questions should contact spacetothink@brookes.ac.uk.

The start of actual construction work is still to be agreed with the Highways authority, but it is anticipated that work on the public highway will take place during August and into September at both the site of the new junction on Holton Road and the Park Hill roundabout. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation at these locations during construction work.

South Oxfordshire District Council granted the University planning permission for a new access road in February 2012, and the completed project will considerably benefit both Oxford Brookes and the local community. This initial stage will form the beginning of a road link to Wheatley campus but will not involve construction work on the campus itself.

A signalised junction will connect the new access road with Holton Road, close to the exit from the London-bound A40. New cycle and footways will be laid and toucan crossings installed at the junction and on the site of the road where it links with Wheatley Campus and Wheatley Park School.

This first phase is expected to be completed in January 2014 and will give Wheatley Park School vital transport support, providing a new coach park with turning area and parking bays as well as reworked safer car parking both for the school and the sports centre. The nearby Park Hill roundabout will also be upgraded and two zebra crossings created.

The second phase of the development will complete the new access road and pedestrianise the heart of Wheatley Campus. This work has not yet been scheduled. Further details will be provided when a programme has been established.