The government has set aside £6.2M for a road extension serving Didcot Garden Town, with more roads and cycle infrastructure to follow.
Housing minister Alok Sharma awarded the £6.2M to South Oxfordshire district council to fund the Didcot North Perimeter Road extension, which will serve an extra 15,000 homes built in the proposed garden town by 2031. The rest of the funding for the road will be raised through contributions from housing developers and business rates income.
According to an early consultation document the road would extend from the east of Didcot to join the A4130 at Hadden Hill, with two new roundabouts and a new junction. Construction is due to start next autumn and is expected to finish in the second half of 2019.
“The district council made a commitment to residents in Didcot that the Garden Town project would deliver infrastructure. So I’m really pleased that we are able to fund the completion of the Northern Perimeter Road - a project that has been sat waiting for years,” said South Oxfordshire district council leader John Cotton.
“Once completed, the road will relieve pressure elsewhere in the town and provide a real boost to other Garden Town proposals.”
More roads, cycle pathways and a new bridge could be built to serve the new garden town. A final delivery plan for additional transport in Didcot will be released in the autumn.
Didcot Garden Town is a locally-led project but the government announced plans for 14 new garden towns and villages in early January this year.