Link road officially opened

Topic Projects

Date 29 Mar 2018

A new £11.6m road built by Galliford Try Highways to connect Didcot in Oxfordshire with the Harwell Science Park was officially opened at Easter.

Connecting the B4493 to the A417, the road will provide an easier route to work for some of the 5,000 people who are employed at the rapidly expanding Harwell Campus. Construction began in December 2016 and included surfacing 22,000sqm of roads and footpaths, installing 4,500 new drains, laying 2.5km of kerbs and planting 40,000 trees and plants.

MP for the area Ed Vaizey, who cut the ribbon, said: “I am delighted this new road has opened on time and on budget. It will provide easy access for residents to the A34 and ease congestion in Harwell village. I think people will be able to see the improvements straight away. The county needs more infrastructure and there is real action being taken now.”

Galliford Try Operations Director Stephen Tomkins said: “The scheme was secured and undertaken under the Midlands Highways Alliance which has provided a stready stream of work for us.”