Science Vale Cycle Network opens to praise from users
Working closely with Oxfordshire County Council, KBI delivered 7,100 linear metres of Flexipave material for the Science Vale Cycle Network.
The project is part of the Science Vale Cycling Network strategy, which supports and enables housing growth near employment sites. The strategy’s vision is for a world-class cycle network enabling users to make safe, efficient, connected journeys by bike, comparable with those found in continental Europe, supporting the growth and investment being made in Science Vale.
The project aims at providing easier and greater connectivity between three main employment centresat Harwell Campus, Milton Park and Culham Science Centre and key urban centres: Didcot, Abingdon and Wantage within the Science Vale area.
Over 16,000 used tyres were used to create the Flexipave material, which the council estimates to have contributed a carbon reduction of 382,217kg CO2.
Several sections of the SVCN utilised a cellweb base system to create the sub-base. This easy-to-install option requires no digging, making it the ideal choice for sensitive areas. The cell-web is stretched and pinned, before being filled with clean Type-3 stone. This creates a solid, stale base for the Flexipave path, whilst allowing excellent drainage.
“To officially open this key section of new infrastructure at a time when people are telling us that they would like to travel to and from work using sustainable travel modes is a positive milestone. Thank you to the project teams at the county council, their contractors, and our team for delivering the project. We hope that people enjoy using the new path and it helps to make their commute that little bit easier.”
Philip Campbell, Commercial Director of MEPC, which manages Milton Park – home to 250 businesses and 9,000 employees