£35m Didcot bridge bid to link business site to new homes

The Oxford Times: Town councillor Margaret Davies Town councillor Margaret Davies

A NEW £35m bridge is planned for Didcot to link the former power station to a new housing estate.

Council bosses say the bridge is vital to ease congestion between the power station, earmarked for business, and the new Milton Park.

It would cross the A4130, a new link road and rail line to take congestion from the roundabout at the entrance to Didcot A power station.

The power stationd closed last March after bosses said it could not meet EU emission standards.

The bridge is in Vale of White Horse District Council’s Local Plan on where major development should go to 2031.

Council leader Matthew Barber said: “There is growth in biotech and space science and the [power station] site can be used for hi-tech jobs and high-level manufacturing.

“There is lots of design work to be done on this but the idea behind the bridge is that it will take the pressure off the roundabouts on the approach to Didcot.

“The site has access to the rail network and is close to the A34.”

The cash will cash will come from a mix of funding streams, including housing developers and the Government.

Didcot Town Council leader Margaret Davies urged caution over the plan.

She said: “Opening up the Didcot A site for commercial development is desirable for the Vale because it is losing an enormous amount in business rates as a result of the closure.

“But I think the Vale council needs to look for alternatives to the bridge that represent better value for money.

“I’m sure the bridge would look beautiful architecturally but if it does go ahead it will take money away from road improvements in Didcot. The Jubilee Way roundabout is in desperate need for work to be done but is a low priority because of these major infrastructure schemes.”

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The Local Plan also includes proposals for 20,560 new homes across the district.

It says science jobs should feature in the “Science Vale” area at Harwell Oxford, Milton Park and the power station. Views are sought by Friday, April 4, by visiting whitehorsedc.gov.uk.

Consultation meetings will be held at Harwell Community Primary School on Saturday from 10am to 3pm, on Monday from 7pm to 9pm at St Blaise Primary School, Milton Heights, and at Abbey shopping precinct, Abingdon, on Saturday, March 22, from 10am to 3pm. For information call 01235 540499.

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7:42am Thu 20 Mar 14

livid99 says...

Get rid of those stupid traffic lights at the entrance to Great Western Park and replace them with a roundabout. Remove the traffic lights on the Jubilee Way roundabout, and add an extra lane for HGV's on the A34 link road.
Job done.
Get rid of those stupid traffic lights at the entrance to Great Western Park and replace them with a roundabout. Remove the traffic lights on the Jubilee Way roundabout, and add an extra lane for HGV's on the A34 link road. Job done. livid99
  • Score: 7

8:59am Thu 20 Mar 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

I really do hope this comes with an improved bus service - but i doubt it
I really do hope this comes with an improved bus service - but i doubt it yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 3

9:43am Thu 20 Mar 14

EMBOX2 says...

Yes those lights were a stupid idea and just back traffic up at peak times.

But I assume these people know that RWE nPower are going to submit an application for another power station (gas or nuclear) in a few years time as Didcot B is scheduled to close in 2023 (but probably won't for technical reasons).

As far as I know, RWE are yet to decide which part of the site will be given over to commercial use, and which part is reserved for the new power plant.

In any case, this massive housing expansion isn't going to plan. The homes at GWP are being filled by the "undesirables" from surrounding towns, so it seems that this will become just another skanky estate. It's all very well building these thousands of homes, but there's no community and no jobs for the type of people who live there.
Yes those lights were a stupid idea and just back traffic up at peak times. But I assume these people know that RWE nPower are going to submit an application for another power station (gas or nuclear) in a few years time as Didcot B is scheduled to close in 2023 (but probably won't for technical reasons). As far as I know, RWE are yet to decide which part of the site will be given over to commercial use, and which part is reserved for the new power plant. In any case, this massive housing expansion isn't going to plan. The homes at GWP are being filled by the "undesirables" from surrounding towns, so it seems that this will become just another skanky estate. It's all very well building these thousands of homes, but there's no community and no jobs for the type of people who live there. EMBOX2
  • Score: 3

9:52am Thu 20 Mar 14

Diddyman says...

This is a great idea, i really don't think Mrs Davies travels the roads of Didcot and the surrounding area at peak time.. This is one development that is needed. She moans about Jubilee Way yet i didn't hear her moaning when she agreed to the proposed planning of an Aldi supermarket on this junction which will make the area even more worse for traffic problems!
This is a great idea, i really don't think Mrs Davies travels the roads of Didcot and the surrounding area at peak time.. This is one development that is needed. She moans about Jubilee Way yet i didn't hear her moaning when she agreed to the proposed planning of an Aldi supermarket on this junction which will make the area even more worse for traffic problems! Diddyman
  • Score: 3

9:54am Thu 20 Mar 14

Diddyman says...

EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters!
EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters! Diddyman
  • Score: 3

11:00am Thu 20 Mar 14

icba1957 says...

This whole "Science Vale" masterplan really needs to look again at a second bridge over the Thames to the east of Abingdon. Traffic between Culham and presumably Didcot too is forced through the town centre to get to Radley or Kennington, with the result that Abingdon town centre grinds to a halt in the rush hour.
If this traffic could be diverted out of the town, over a bridge as part of a southern ring road Abingdon would improve enormously.
Any chance these two projects could be linked?
This whole "Science Vale" masterplan really needs to look again at a second bridge over the Thames to the east of Abingdon. Traffic between Culham and presumably Didcot too is forced through the town centre to get to Radley or Kennington, with the result that Abingdon town centre grinds to a halt in the rush hour. If this traffic could be diverted out of the town, over a bridge as part of a southern ring road Abingdon would improve enormously. Any chance these two projects could be linked? icba1957
  • Score: 1

11:53am Thu 20 Mar 14

EMBOX2 says...

Diddyman wrote:
EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters!
I subscribe to Utility Week, the trade press, as I'm very interested in all things energy.

I doubt it'd be nuclear for various reasons, though it is not impossible. RAL @ Harwell had a reactor and that's not very far away either.

It is however a perfect site for another power station of any kind, given the nearby cooling water supply, grid connection and gas main. Problem with gas is, it's very expensive (3 times the price of coal, hence why Didcot B is only used ~4 hrs a day at peak times) and most gas comes from Russia.....

Don't get me started on closing Didcot A...it is insanity of the highest order. Blackouts will start in winter 2015/16, just you wait.
[quote][p][bold]Diddyman[/bold] wrote: EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters![/p][/quote]I subscribe to Utility Week, the trade press, as I'm very interested in all things energy. I doubt it'd be nuclear for various reasons, though it is not impossible. RAL @ Harwell had a reactor and that's not very far away either. It is however a perfect site for another power station of any kind, given the nearby cooling water supply, grid connection and gas main. Problem with gas is, it's very expensive (3 times the price of coal, hence why Didcot B is only used ~4 hrs a day at peak times) and most gas comes from Russia..... Don't get me started on closing Didcot A...it is insanity of the highest order. Blackouts will start in winter 2015/16, just you wait. EMBOX2
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Diddyman says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Diddyman wrote:
EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters!
I subscribe to Utility Week, the trade press, as I'm very interested in all things energy.

I doubt it'd be nuclear for various reasons, though it is not impossible. RAL @ Harwell had a reactor and that's not very far away either.

It is however a perfect site for another power station of any kind, given the nearby cooling water supply, grid connection and gas main. Problem with gas is, it's very expensive (3 times the price of coal, hence why Didcot B is only used ~4 hrs a day at peak times) and most gas comes from Russia.....

Don't get me started on closing Didcot A...it is insanity of the highest order. Blackouts will start in winter 2015/16, just you wait.
I used to work at Harwell, the reactor there was decommissioned years ago. When it was built the area wasn't as populated as it is now which makes me think a nuclear power station would never get the go-ahead now. Didcot A should never have been closed, you are right. Crazy idea. With the amount of developments being built in the area the power cuts could happen I suppose?
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Diddyman[/bold] wrote: EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters![/p][/quote]I subscribe to Utility Week, the trade press, as I'm very interested in all things energy. I doubt it'd be nuclear for various reasons, though it is not impossible. RAL @ Harwell had a reactor and that's not very far away either. It is however a perfect site for another power station of any kind, given the nearby cooling water supply, grid connection and gas main. Problem with gas is, it's very expensive (3 times the price of coal, hence why Didcot B is only used ~4 hrs a day at peak times) and most gas comes from Russia..... Don't get me started on closing Didcot A...it is insanity of the highest order. Blackouts will start in winter 2015/16, just you wait.[/p][/quote]I used to work at Harwell, the reactor there was decommissioned years ago. When it was built the area wasn't as populated as it is now which makes me think a nuclear power station would never get the go-ahead now. Didcot A should never have been closed, you are right. Crazy idea. With the amount of developments being built in the area the power cuts could happen I suppose? Diddyman
  • Score: 4

3:56pm Thu 20 Mar 14

TonyH says...

Didcot's traffic isn't that bad, compared to Ab'don or Oxford, so stop moaning about Jubilee. A new Aldi would be a significant improvement. The new idea to have zillions of houses in the Vale doesn't think about traffic yet, the Govt just wants to get building to in theory drive the economy, apparently they haven't heard the country's developers are already sitting on loads of sites that have planning permission, just prices not high enough yet. This bridge would be a reasonable idea, as would a new one to relieve Ab'don.
Didcot's traffic isn't that bad, compared to Ab'don or Oxford, so stop moaning about Jubilee. A new Aldi would be a significant improvement. The new idea to have zillions of houses in the Vale doesn't think about traffic yet, the Govt just wants to get building to in theory drive the economy, apparently they haven't heard the country's developers are already sitting on loads of sites that have planning permission, just prices not high enough yet. This bridge would be a reasonable idea, as would a new one to relieve Ab'don. TonyH
  • Score: 1

6:08pm Fri 21 Mar 14

HPG says...

Bridge is to near to Didcot, should be at the bend at the end of the Milton Park Straight! That way it will stop all goods transport coming into Didcots road system, and a long road to soak up some of the traffic from ladygrove.
Harwell bridge should have A34 acess too, this would allow a 3rd of Didcot to have quicker access and take away from the present link road
Bridge is to near to Didcot, should be at the bend at the end of the Milton Park Straight! That way it will stop all goods transport coming into Didcots road system, and a long road to soak up some of the traffic from ladygrove. Harwell bridge should have A34 acess too, this would allow a 3rd of Didcot to have quicker access and take away from the present link road HPG
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

HPG says...

The front quarter nearest to caravan park is being sold off!
New power station is going on old coal heap area, new fencing was because of this being nearer to main road not the trepassers!
And this was agreed on the agreeing to close A station
Nuclear has been spoken of before, but dismissed cause it needs cooling water and the thames is a drinking water source unlike the coastal sites and sea water
The front quarter nearest to caravan park is being sold off! New power station is going on old coal heap area, new fencing was because of this being nearer to main road not the trepassers! And this was agreed on the agreeing to close A station Nuclear has been spoken of before, but dismissed cause it needs cooling water and the thames is a drinking water source unlike the coastal sites and sea water HPG
  • Score: 1

1:08pm Sun 23 Mar 14

badger77 says...

Diddyman wrote:
EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters!
And the small factor of one reactor needing 30m gallons of water per hour
[quote][p][bold]Diddyman[/bold] wrote: EMBOX2, where do you get your info from? Not in a million years will a nuclear power station be built there!! Area to over populated for starters![/p][/quote]And the small factor of one reactor needing 30m gallons of water per hour badger77
  • Score: 1

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