Science Vale Cycle Network Update - January 2021
5 routes are now open!
Thanks to exceptional work and commitment of our contractors, subcontractors, designers and the cooperation of landowners, the project team is very happy to report that 5 SVCN routes are now completed, several months ahead of the funding deadline. This is despite the challenges faced, including recent cold and wet weather and, of course, the Covid-19 pandemic.
Routes: 1 (sections: B-K), 3 (sections: B, C, D), 6 (sections: A, B), 7A (sections: A, C) and 8 (section G) of the SVCN project (Phase 1) are now open to the public, and walkers, cyclists, and horse-riders can enjoy the new and improved facilities in the Science Vale area.
Note: for locations, please click on the latest Strategic Map above.
Funding for this project was secured by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the government's Local Growth Fund (£5.1m) and Section 106 contributions (£0.7m). OxLEP's commitment to improving infrastructure and connectivity across Oxfordshire was the driving force behind the funding. They are a great partner and supporter of this project with the aim to provide greater accessibility, reduce congestion and travel times, support jobs and improve quality of life for people and communities in Oxfordshire.
What is new?
For the first time in a rural setting in Oxfordshire we have used a revolutionary photo-luminescent technology, the i-glo discs, which glow brightly throughout the night and use natural light to recharge during the day. These new additions to the road-studs family can glow for up to 10 hours, acting as path finder at night without the need for additional street lighting, saving revenue and reducing carbon emissions, and allowing cyclists and pedestrians to feel safer.
We have also used a new sustainable paving material, KBI Flexipave, which uses 50% recycled tyres and allows large volumes of water to drain through the surface and reduces water runoff, water logging and erosion issues. Dynamic, with the ability to gently flex and adjust to minor movement, it can withstand extreme temperatures without cracking. Over 16,000 tyres were used to deliver over 7,100 metres of paving on SVCN routes 3B, 3D and 7A. This greatly contributed to carbon reduction of over 380,000kg CO2, from surfacing alone.
Is all work completed?
We are now entering a post construction stage, in which we review the improved routes and follow up with minor improvements, recommended by the review, mainly signing, lining and defect work, before the project can officially be closed.
Note: the sixth and final route, 5(G), of Phase 1 is being constructed by Taylor Wimpey as part of s278 agreement and is due to be open in April 2021 (more detail can be found in the construction section, at the bottom of this bulletin).
Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:25 by Wendy Quigley