News that £218m of funding to boost infrastructure in the Didcot Garden Town has finally been agreed has been welcomed by South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils.
The government awarded the Housing Infrastructure Funding to support the significant growth in housing in the Didcot Garden Town area.
Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We’ve always said that Didcot and the surrounding areas are in great need of increased infrastructure provision based on the number of new homes already built in the town over the past decade. So it’s good to see the money has been agreed at last. We will need an even greater focus on sustainable transport in the long term, so I’m pleased that walking and cycling routes are included in these projects – we’ll be working positively with our partner councils to continue that work and it would be good to see some delivery of improved pedestrian and cycle routes soon.”
Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The success of Didcot Garden Town really depends on having the right infrastructure in place to support the town’s growth.
“We’re pleased to have worked in partnership with all the other authorities in the county to put Oxfordshire in a position to secure funding for infrastructure required before any new homes are built at Valley Park.”
Projects that will receive a share of the funding are:
* Widening the A4130 from A34 Milton Interchange towards Didcot from single to dual carriageway;
* A new Science Bridge over the A4130, Great Western Railway Line and Milton Road into the former Didcot A Power Station site;
* A new Didcot to Culham bridge between the A4130 and A415; and
* A Clifton Hampden bypass