Wheatley footpath closed

Monday, 16 September 2013

Information about the closure of the Wheatley Campus footpath

Closure of Wheatley Campus footpath 

The footpath leading to Oxford Brookes from Holton Road at the site of the new junction is now closed until Spring 2014 to allow for the first phase of construction of a new access road at Wheatley Campus.

Cyclists are advised to use either of the two alternative routes - follow Holton Road to the North and around through Holton village to Waterperry Road, or head into Wheatley village using London Road to reach the bottom of Waterperry Road. 

Dependent on contractor progress the path may be reopened earlier, perhaps before Christmas, and any improvement to the schedule will be advertised. Staff or students with concerns should email spacetothink@brookes.ac.uk or call 01865 483538.

Minor disruptions will be felt elsewhere. Work on the public highway will require temporary traffic lights during August and into September at both the site of the new junction on Holton Road and the Park Hill roundabout.
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. 

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 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.