Didcot Garden Town Newsletter - Gateway Spine Edition

Didcot Garden Town Newsletter - Gateway Spine Edition

Welcome to our special edition newsletter on the Gateway Spine.

Didcot Gateway Proposals

Homes England are inviting feedback on their new proposal to create a high-quality residential-led development at Didcot Gateway, located opposite Didcot Parkway train station.

The Didcot Gateway proposal includes up to 265 new homes and opportunities for new offices, a café and some retail space. The development will create a high-quality new gateway into Didcot, providing a mix of one to three bedroom homes, opportunities for commercial uses, new open spaces and improved connectivity from the railway station to the town centre.

The emerging proposal is being shared with the local community, by Homes England, and they would like your feedback on what is proposed. You can view and comment on the proposals until 29 July 2020.

To learn more about the project and have your say:

Visit: www.didcotgateway.co.uk

Email: planning@bartonwillmore.co.uk

Or write to: Barton Willmore, The Blade, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BE

Alternatively, you can view the consultation leaflet here.

Didcot Parkway Improvements - New Cycle Hub!

If you've recently passed Didcot Parkway Station, you may have noticed some work taking place at the arrival space next on Station Road.

Great Western Railway are building a new exciting cycle hub project - made possible by the Department for Transport (DfT) cycle-rail funding and a contribution from the railway industry.

Good quality cycle parking is essential to encourage residents to travel by bike to Didcot Parkway Station and the project also complements Oxfordshire County Council's current improvements to the garden town and Science Vale cycle networks.

There are currently around 220 cycle parking spaces at Didcot Parkway, and these are already operating at capacity. The DfT predicts that there will be an increasing number of people travelling by bike to the station in the next few years too, so the cycle hub project will be able to cater for future demand.

The project will deliver: -

  • A cycle hub for an additional 600 bicycles at Didcot Parkway Station
  • Bicycle repair facilities
  • The hub will cater for 'non-standard' bikes, such as recumbents
  • The hub will be fully covered by CCTV and the design has been developed with British Transport Police
The artist's impressions below are visuals of what the arrival space may look like.

Active travel and COVID-19 Recovery

Oxfordshire County Council are currently consulting on measures to help people to stay safe while walking and cycling and is in line with the Department of Transport's current active travel initiative to promote cycling and walking during the COVID-19 recovery phase.

We understand that the county council are not going to pursue the temporary closure of Cow Lane to motorised vehicles but are still looking into temporarily closing Basil Hill Road in Didcot - this is among many other roads in the county.

To provide your views on the proposed closures, please visit the county council's website here.

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:35 by Joanne Myers

Tags: Didcot Garden Town