The Chilton Interchange

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In January 2014 Oxfordshire CC announced a consultation for a new Chilton interchange LinkExternal link. The Government were putting up 10 million towards it and the rest met from OCC. The interchange is badly needed for the Harwell science complex as there is no exit from the south bound side or entry on the northbound side of the old interchange. As I work on the Harwell complex I thought it would be a good idea to document the progress of the build when it happens. Somehow I really do not think there will be a lot of opposition to this as it is badly needed and should relieve the traffic problems down the road at Rowstock.

The first thing was to document the roads as they looked at the time.

SU4886 : The new Interchange by Bill Nicholls SU4885 : The Interchange by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : A34 at Chilton by Bill Nicholls

I also tried to work out where the new off on and off slip roads would be looking from the road bridge on the A4185.

SU4886 : The Red Truck by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Eddie Stobart by Bill Nicholls

Next was recording the area where the work was going to be done showing where the Southbound slip road would be.


SU4886 : The Junction by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Start of the off ramp by Bill Nicholls

Along with the Northbound


SU4886 : Northbound Slipway by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Joining the Carriageway by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Field by the A34 by Bill Nicholls

There were also going to be two new roundabouts The Northbound one being here.

SU4886 : The new Interchange by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Roundabout there by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Side of the bank by Bill Nicholls

And the southbound one being round here.

SU4986 : New Roundabout by Bill Nicholls

It was my intention to follow the progress of the work as work was due to start in 2014 but nothing happened because there had been a delay because of a local council (Chilton) objecting and saying the money could be better spent. Someone must have had a word and told them the error of their ways because the objection was withdrawn thus saving thousands of pounds more being wasted on a public enquiry.

SU4986 : Workers in the Field by Bill Nicholls

Some work happened in December then nothing until I saw in the paper work was commencing in 2015. In the first week of April they started clearing some of the trees that are in the way, first the northbound side.

SU4886 : Trees Have Gone by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Some Trees Left by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Debris below the Tree by Bill Nicholls

Then the Southbound side

SU4886 : No trees by the Road by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Lone Tree by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Cleared Area by Bill Nicholls

Apart from some survey work little happened then on the 24th August I saw some guys from the contractors checking out the area then a couple of days later all this appeared.

SU4886 : Fencing on site by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Fencing by the Hut by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Fence round the Hole by Bill Nicholls

With a small digger doing some work and the fencing going up

SU4886 : Digging Holes by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : It's Gone by Bill Nicholls

Next the big boys came along with their toys and things started happening on site,
Not only that side but the south bound one had movement on it as well.

SU4886 : Diggers on SIte by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Clearing the Way by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : The Site office by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Building a Bank by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Digger On Site by Bill Nicholls


For the moment most of the work was on the north bound side.

SU4886 : Dump Truck on the Site by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Clearing Shrubbery by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Site of the Interchange by Bill Nicholls

By the end of September the site had changed with a lot of top soil being moved around and they were even working near the A34.

SU4886 : Changed in a Week by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Working away by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Clearing the Shrubbery by Bill Nicholls

The south bound side had been cleared more and the whole area laid out.

SU4886 : On the South Bound Site by Bill Nicholls SU4986 : Markers in the Ground by Bill Nicholls

By the time of my next visit in October things were changing with markers in place and a clear road laid out and there was even work going on near the bridleway.

SU4886 : Markers in Place by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Skip on the Site by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Digging on Site by Bill Nicholls

Going round to the south ramp little looked to have changed though there was one excavator there.

SU4986 : Clear to the Fence by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Towards the Off Ramp by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Digger at Rest by Bill Nicholls

The middle of October sees the building up of the roundabout under way with heavy rollers smoothing the soil out dump trucks were unloading and the excavator distributed it around.

SU4886 : Building up the Bank by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Backing in by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Rolling the Soil by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Tipping out the Load by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Levelling off by Bill Nicholls

A week later and the north side was deserted but you could see something happening on the south side.

SU4886 : No Machines Here by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Working on the Other side by Bill Nicholls

Where lots of work was happening they were clearing the site near the A34 forming the roundabout near the Hagbourne Hill road the soil coming from further up the site. We were nearly into November so how would it change.

SU4886 : Tipping Soil by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Working away by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Clearing the Way by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Middle of the Roundabout by Bill NichollsSU4886 : Digging out Soil by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Threating Skies by Bill NichollsSU4886 : View of the site by Bill Nicholls SU4986 : Roundabout beginning by Bill Nicholls

The beginning of November and you could see the roundabout for the north bound side getting higher with a lot of work going on, the whole area was changing.

SU4886 : Getting Higher by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Looking down the Site by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Rollers and Excavator by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Site from the Bridge by Bill Nicholls

Leaves had fallen on with a lot of work going on the south side roundabout and work digging out the ground level was going on, at the top of the site and also on the side
SU4886 : One Side by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Filling the Dumper by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Side of the carriageway by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : South Site Offices by Bill Nicholls.

I also found out the bridleway was in use that was how they moved the spoil from one side to the other and came out the other side.

SU4886 : Bridleway to Harwell Field by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Dump Truck on the Bridleway by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Follow the Leader by Bill Nicholls

There was also a lot of recycled material going in

SU4886 : Waiting on the road by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Moving Off by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Interchange Panoramic by Bill Nicholls

What would I see next week?

The roundabout and road were getting higher on the North bound side of the A34 with huge pipes in evidence on the far side with work going on with the centre of the roundabout though nothing seem to be happening down by the bridleway.

SU4886 : Getting Higher by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Pipes on the Side by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : One at Work by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Towards the Bridleway by Bill Nicholls

Most of the work seem to be concentrating on the south side of the A34

SU4886 : Dumper on the Side by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Base going down by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Base going down by Bill Nicholls SU4886 : Looking through the Arm by Bill Nicholls SU4986 : All around the Roundabout by Bill Nicholls

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