Homes 'could fund' improvements to north Abingdon A34 junction

Town council leader Sandy Lovatt

Town council leader Sandy Lovatt

First published in News The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

NEW housing in Abingdon could pay for the Lodge Hill A34 junction to be opened to southbound traffic, it has been suggested.

Vale of White Horse District Council wants to build 610 new homes in North Abingdon, which could bring forward £20m in developer contributions to infrastructure.

Abingdon Town Council leader Sandy Lovatt said the new homes could add 900 cars to already “horrendous” traffic congestion in the town, but that developers behind the scheme could also pay for the £12m conversion of Lodge Hill to a diamond interchange.

Mr Lovatt said: “Everyone who wants to go south on the A34 has to go through town and people already find it difficult to get onto Drayton Road and Dunmore Road.

“If you have 610 houses with approximately one-and-a-half cars per house, that is 900 cars. Put them nose-to-tail and that is one long traffic jam.”

But, he added: “One of the possible opportunities this presents is to raise money to open up Lodge Hill.”

Mr Lovatt estimated the road scheme, supported by Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood, would cost £10m to £12m.

Vale of White Horse District Council wants to build 410 houses between Dunmore Road and the A34 by Tilsley Park and another 200 south-west of the park by 2031.

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Nigel Northcott, manager of the Porch Steppin’ Stone homeless drop-in centre in East Oxford, who lives in North Abingdon, said that improving Lodge Hill would be the “bare essential” needed to mitigate the traffic impact of 610 homes.

The Vale council has proposed the two Abingdon estates, along with sites for some 9,000 other homes, in its draft Local Plan for Development until 2031.

Specifically, the plan states the sites will include contributions for the Lodge Hill A34 junction but does not state how much could be requested in funding.

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3:57pm Wed 9 Apr 14

icba1957 says...

That's a contribution of £32,000 per home!

Get real, Captian Mainwaring!
That's a contribution of £32,000 per home! Get real, Captian Mainwaring! icba1957
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5:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

camden says...

NEW housing in Abingdon could pay for the Lodge Hill A34 junction to be opened to southbound traffic, it has been suggested.

We do not need to hear any more "suggestions, Indications, proposals" or any other of the "politically correct" mumbo jumbo the councils in this area spout on a regular basis regarding new housing.
We want clear concise and properly researched plans showing where the housing is going and detailing infrastructure improvements that will accompany it. The information we are being provided regarding housing and infrastructure planning is about as much use as the met office predicting it could be a nice summer.!!!!!
NEW housing in Abingdon could pay for the Lodge Hill A34 junction to be opened to southbound traffic, it has been suggested. We do not need to hear any more "suggestions, Indications, proposals" or any other of the "politically correct" mumbo jumbo the councils in this area spout on a regular basis regarding new housing. We want clear concise and properly researched plans showing where the housing is going and detailing infrastructure improvements that will accompany it. The information we are being provided regarding housing and infrastructure planning is about as much use as the met office predicting it could be a nice summer.!!!!! camden
  • Score: 8

12:11am Thu 10 Apr 14

Feelingsmatter says...

OK, let me get this straight: New houses will bring horrendous congestion. This congestion may be magically eased by changes to the layout of our roads. If the houses are in North Abingdon, how will they affect those living on Drayton Road? I live in North Abingdon, and I don't travel though the town to get to the A34; I use the peripheral road. How about we don't have the new houses, so we don't have the congestion which won't be relieved by any changes to the Lodge Hill junction?
OK, let me get this straight: New houses will bring horrendous congestion. This congestion may be magically eased by changes to the layout of our roads. If the houses are in North Abingdon, how will they affect those living on Drayton Road? I live in North Abingdon, and I don't travel though the town to get to the A34; I use the peripheral road. How about we don't have the new houses, so we don't have the congestion which won't be relieved by any changes to the Lodge Hill junction? Feelingsmatter
  • Score: 4

7:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

Chris Henderson says...

What is the point of putting yet more traffic on the A34 anyway? It is already running over capacity and the smallest accident can cause 4hr tailbacks.
It can't be widened as you can't fit any more lanes through Botley.
The only hope for the A34 is to get some of the container traffic going north from Southampton onto the train.
What is the point of putting yet more traffic on the A34 anyway? It is already running over capacity and the smallest accident can cause 4hr tailbacks. It can't be widened as you can't fit any more lanes through Botley. The only hope for the A34 is to get some of the container traffic going north from Southampton onto the train. Chris Henderson
  • Score: 6

8:48am Thu 10 Apr 14

Anon Coward says...

Interesting.. so when I highlighted this story to the 'Herald' some weeks back, they didn't feature it.. not a sniff.,..

Now the deadline for comments/objections to the plan has passed.. they decide to feature it....
and as usual, the Herald miss out most of the important details..

The 'plan' says that a developer might 'contribute' towards a lodge hill reworking, thats contribute, not pay for..
They'll only pay for it if they get over 1000 houses built there..

So essentially they will get to build their houses ( since the Vale have already all but rubber stamped this ), and the A34/lodgehill diamond wont get built, we'll just get stuck with the traffic.

Great work Herald staff, finger on the pulse as always.
Interesting.. so when I highlighted this story to the 'Herald' some weeks back, they didn't feature it.. not a sniff.,.. Now the deadline for comments/objections to the plan has passed.. they decide to feature it.... and as usual, the Herald miss out most of the important details.. The 'plan' says that a developer might 'contribute' towards a lodge hill reworking, thats contribute, not pay for.. They'll only pay for it if they get over 1000 houses built there.. So essentially they will get to build their houses ( since the Vale have already all but rubber stamped this ), and the A34/lodgehill diamond wont get built, we'll just get stuck with the traffic. Great work Herald staff, finger on the pulse as always. Anon Coward
  • Score: 7

10:14am Thu 10 Apr 14

TobyB1960 says...

All very well getting commuters onto the A34 quicker! What about dealing with the problem of the A34 being turned into a giant parking lot!

Perhaps we could have a tramway along side the A34. So when we park our cars on the A34 the tram could take us into Oxford or Milton Park.
All very well getting commuters onto the A34 quicker! What about dealing with the problem of the A34 being turned into a giant parking lot! Perhaps we could have a tramway along side the A34. So when we park our cars on the A34 the tram could take us into Oxford or Milton Park. TobyB1960
  • Score: 5

3:43pm Fri 11 Apr 14

abingdon resident says...

Houses are swamping Abingdon without any facilities and infrastructure being provided. We already have the largest G P patient lists in the whole of Oxfordshire. Abingdon traffic Is frequently log jammed. Developers get permission to build with no infrastructure being planned. Someone is failing Abingdon
Houses are swamping Abingdon without any facilities and infrastructure being provided. We already have the largest G P patient lists in the whole of Oxfordshire. Abingdon traffic Is frequently log jammed. Developers get permission to build with no infrastructure being planned. Someone is failing Abingdon abingdon resident
  • Score: 2

11:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Abingdon First says...

We were at the meeting when the Vale discussed the housing plan...it was categorically stated that it would be a contribution TOWARDS the Lodge Hill interchange from the developers and NOT complete payment for it! The only way they would consider paying for it is if 1,000 homes were accepted. It is interesting that on their plans that one of the conditions was that there must be a pedestrian crossing at Dunmore Road and a walkway into the town. Funny how the crossing has been put in and all the walkways refurbished. all this before the consultation period into these homes had even closed. Makes it seem like a forgone conclusion? The new crossing is so close to the roundabout (now turned into a single lane roundabout at great expense to the taxpayers, and obviously going to cause even more congestion!), that it has already been dubbed "The suicide crossing" by some! It is only a matter of time before one car is shunted into crossing pedestrians by a car coming out of the roundabout. Shame we can't find out the name of the person/s responsible for this ridiculous roundabout/crossing, so that when someone is killed or maimed, they can be held to account! To see pictures of just how close this is, go to http://www.abingdon-
first.btck.co.uk/Lat
estNews
We were at the meeting when the Vale discussed the housing plan...it was categorically stated that it would be a contribution TOWARDS the Lodge Hill interchange from the developers and NOT complete payment for it! The only way they would consider paying for it is if 1,000 homes were accepted. It is interesting that on their plans that one of the conditions was that there must be a pedestrian crossing at Dunmore Road and a walkway into the town. Funny how the crossing has been put in and all the walkways refurbished. all this before the consultation period into these homes had even closed. Makes it seem like a forgone conclusion? The new crossing is so close to the roundabout (now turned into a single lane roundabout at great expense to the taxpayers, and obviously going to cause even more congestion!), that it has already been dubbed "The suicide crossing" by some! It is only a matter of time before one car is shunted into crossing pedestrians by a car coming out of the roundabout. Shame we can't find out the name of the person/s responsible for this ridiculous roundabout/crossing, so that when someone is killed or maimed, they can be held to account! To see pictures of just how close this is, go to http://www.abingdon- first.btck.co.uk/Lat estNews Abingdon First
  • Score: 2

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