It had been identified that a sustainable link was amiss connecting the new development areas in the east to the mixed use Kingsmere development in the west. EAS were commissioned to investigate the area and determine the possibility of a new traffic free sustainable route for pedestrians and cyclists.
This was a very interesting project and involved liaising with many transport bodies as well as large local landowners. EAS worked with Cherwell, Oxfordshire, Network Rail and Bicester Village retail centre. A conceptual route has now been investigated and proposed. Discussions are ongoing between Cherwell and Network Rail to utilise an underpass, hitherto blocked off for many years, which allowed safe passage beneath the Bicester to London rail line.
The route proposed also considers a new cycle crossing stage in a complex existing signalised junction, followed by re-use of abandoned highway routes, utilisation of a historic rail underpass, three river crossings, connections to wider proposed cycle routes and permissive routes.