Work to start this year on A34 ‘hamburger’ at Milton

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WORK on turning a busy interchange on the A34 near Didcot into a ‘hamburger’-style roundabout is set to start this year.

Last year Oxfordshire County Council was given £5m by the Government towards the £10.6m scheme at the Milton Interchange.

Hamburger roundabouts are already used on the Oxford bypass at Heyford Hill and Green Road in Headington.

A third is currently being built at the Kennington roundabout, where the bypass meets Abingdon Road. They allow several lanes of traffic to cut through the middle of the roundabout, reducing congestion.

At Milton, traffic from the A4130 would be able to cut through the roundabout to join the A34 rather than go around the interchange.

County council spokesman Paul Smith said: “The council hopes to begin this job before the end of 2014.

“We are currently part-way through a tendering process to find a contractor.”

Up to 79,000 vehicles use the Oxfordshire stretch of the A34 every day but congestion at Milton, Oxford and the M40 junction near Bicester is a regular problem.

Over the next few decades 16,000 new jobs in the science sector are expected to be created in the Didcot area, as well as 5,500 new homes.

A total of £2m for the scheme will also come from the Local Enterprise Partnership’s growing places fund and from the county council, which is planning to use developer contributions.

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9:29am Fri 8 Aug 14

livid99 says...

Why not replace the stupid traffic lights at the GWP junction with a roundabout, and turn the stretch from of the A4130 from Didcot to Milton into a dual carriageway.
5500 new homes and 16000 new jobs, and undoubtedly an increase in HGV's, all using the increasingly busy A4130 will not work.
OCC you have been warned.
Why not replace the stupid traffic lights at the GWP junction with a roundabout, and turn the stretch from of the A4130 from Didcot to Milton into a dual carriageway. 5500 new homes and 16000 new jobs, and undoubtedly an increase in HGV's, all using the increasingly busy A4130 will not work. OCC you have been warned. livid99
  • Score: 12

12:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

livid99 wrote:
Why not replace the stupid traffic lights at the GWP junction with a roundabout, and turn the stretch from of the A4130 from Didcot to Milton into a dual carriageway.
5500 new homes and 16000 new jobs, and undoubtedly an increase in HGV's, all using the increasingly busy A4130 will not work.
OCC you have been warned.
Wouldnt this require a bit of common sense on OCC's part?? mind you the CPRE (Oxfordshire) branch will no doubt step in to the fray of any proposals to dual this stretch of road. After all they are getting what they want with the power station demolition?
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Why not replace the stupid traffic lights at the GWP junction with a roundabout, and turn the stretch from of the A4130 from Didcot to Milton into a dual carriageway. 5500 new homes and 16000 new jobs, and undoubtedly an increase in HGV's, all using the increasingly busy A4130 will not work. OCC you have been warned.[/p][/quote]Wouldnt this require a bit of common sense on OCC's part?? mind you the CPRE (Oxfordshire) branch will no doubt step in to the fray of any proposals to dual this stretch of road. After all they are getting what they want with the power station demolition? yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 6

8:55pm Fri 8 Aug 14

7squatcat says...

livid99 wrote:
Why not replace the stupid traffic lights at the GWP junction with a roundabout, and turn the stretch from of the A4130 from Didcot to Milton into a dual carriageway.
5500 new homes and 16000 new jobs, and undoubtedly an increase in HGV's, all using the increasingly busy A4130 will not work.
OCC you have been warned.
It wouldn't make any difference. It gets blocked at rush hour because of congestion in Didcot (mostly roundabouts) and the Milton Interchange. Having a dual carriage way would just give people more room to queue and increase congestion even further. Its also doubtful that the new homes are causing congestion at rush hour (maybe later in the day), the vast majority of traffic does not turn into GWP but are commuters from outside Didcot. Commuting at rush hour is always going to be miserable and the government are not helping by increasing capacity. Use expands to fill capacity.
[quote][p][bold]livid99[/bold] wrote: Why not replace the stupid traffic lights at the GWP junction with a roundabout, and turn the stretch from of the A4130 from Didcot to Milton into a dual carriageway. 5500 new homes and 16000 new jobs, and undoubtedly an increase in HGV's, all using the increasingly busy A4130 will not work. OCC you have been warned.[/p][/quote]It wouldn't make any difference. It gets blocked at rush hour because of congestion in Didcot (mostly roundabouts) and the Milton Interchange. Having a dual carriage way would just give people more room to queue and increase congestion even further. Its also doubtful that the new homes are causing congestion at rush hour (maybe later in the day), the vast majority of traffic does not turn into GWP but are commuters from outside Didcot. Commuting at rush hour is always going to be miserable and the government are not helping by increasing capacity. Use expands to fill capacity. 7squatcat
  • Score: -2

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