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Cllr Enright informed the meeting Peter Barnett and Danny Yee would address the meeting in relation to North Oxford Corridor – Kidlington Roundabout.
Cabinet Member: Travel & Development Strategy
Forward Plan Ref: 2022/093
Contact: Aron Wisdom, Programme Lead Oxford City, 07776244856
Report by Corporate Director Environment & Place (CMDTDS ).
To approve i) the proposed 30mph speed limit on Kidlington Roundabout and all approaches (A4260/A4165), including the full length of the A4165 where a 40mph speed limit currently applies ii) the introduction of a bus lane on Bicester Road and revised bus lane extents on A4165 Oxford Road (north), iii) introduction of signalised crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.
Peter Barnett read out his statement (attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes) by welcoming the proposed recommendations in the report and added that the Council should have acted faster and sooner on this matter.
Danny Yee addressed the meeting with a statement (attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes)by expressing his support for the recommendations in the report and welcoming additional measures that would have a net positive impact particularly in terms of reducing travel
by private car and increasing use of walking, cycling and public transport.
Cllr Enright invited Aron Wisdom (Programme Lead) to respond to comments made in the statements and also to summarise the report and its rationale for officers’ recommendations.
Aron Wisdom highlighted the following points in his response:
· This scheme formed part of the North Oxfordshire Corridor (NOC) road improvement projects funded by the Housing and Growth Deal. There was a significant growth expected across the Cherwell district with approximately 22,000 new homes planned by 2031. This scheme would form part of the investment to create an inclusive, integrated and sustainable transport network which would be fit for the future.
challenges were made against the original plans by bus companies
and cycle user groups. In addition, there were major concerns
raised against the loss of trees. The main areas of concern from
this original consultation round could be summarised into the
1. Lack of direct routes of facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, including crossing points;
2. More space provided to the motor vehicle at the expense of others;
3. Impact on buses, and
4. Loss of large trees and vegetation.
· The scheme was fully funded through the Housing and Growth Deal with a requirement to commit spend by March 2023. The initial funding allocation of £6m had been reduced to £4m due to significant descoping of the project because of consultation. The estimated budget included all internal staff costs.
Cllr Enright thanked the speakers for their statements and Aron Wisdom for the response.
Cllr Enright felt that the scheme outlines and aims had improved due to co-productive work with the stakeholder and cognisant with local views. Cllr Enright felt that all of the concerns had been addressed by officers in the report.
The scheme offers improvements and easier access into Oxford city centre by sustainable modes by improving bus journey times, improved pedestrian and cycle connectivity whilst also supporting the ongoing housing and employment developments and expected economic growth. In addition, it would contribute to improved road safety and air quality.
A summary of improvements would be:
· Provide new dedicated bus lane on Bicester Road southbound, on the approach to Kidlington Roundabout;
· Create a new 3m wide cycleway and 2m wide pedestrian footway, segregated from the carriageway and one another, around the perimeter of the roundabout to connect to existing infrastructure. This would include a 0.5m buffer zone between the cycleway and ... view the full minutes text for item 4.