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Energy Link work underway in residential roads

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Work on the Energy Link re-commenced in earnest in November 2016 with the construction of the temporary residents' car park at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

This temporary car park is on a grass area next to the former tennis courts and includes spaces for around 22 cars, including disabled bays and one bay with a re-charging point for electric vehicles.

28 November 2016 saw the start of the Energy Link work on Latimer Road and on All Saints Road / Lime Walk and these sections will be completed before the Christmas break. In January, work will continue on Latimer Road from Latimer Grange to the junction with The Brambles and southwards on Lime Walk from number 86 to the junction with Nursery Close.

Latimer Road will be closed until 17 March 2017 and Lime Walk will be one way northbound (heading from Old Road towards to the chicane) until 24 February. Please see the timetable for more details.

Our contractors, Vital Energi, have 24-hour security staff who will assist residents, deliveries and pedestrians whenever they need help. If you are disabled or might need access to your home while the work is outside your property, please let a member of the Vital Energi staff working on site know so that arrangements can be made for you.

There is a leaflet with detailed information for residents or see residents-info on this website.

The Energy Link work is coinciding with the County Council's Access to Headington, which is a County Council initiative to update a number of junctions and roads across Headington that will take over a year to complete.

The Churchill Hospital is particularly affected by the Access to Headington work so staff, patients and visitors are advised to use public transport if at all possible, or allow plenty of extra time for their journeys on and off site. OUH and the Vital Energi and Access to Headington project teams are in close contact to do everything possible to minimise the inconvenience, but delays at peak times are inevitable.

For information on how the Energy Link work will affect the Churchill, please see the Churchill Section of the website. Churchill Drive will be closed in section from 6 March to 19 May, which will affect bus routes, access around the site and the closure of car park 4.

The Energy Link work is just one part of a complex programme of upgrades, refurbishments and refits that are going on at the Churchill and JR. New Energy Centre equipment, BMS (Building Management System) and Smart Lighting are already saving the Trust just over £9,000 a month on energy and the whole Hospital Energy Project has guaranteed savings of £460,000 a year that the Trust can re-invest back into patient care/capital projects.

The long-term benefits of the Hospital Energy Project are that, for the first time ever, both hospitals will have:

  • built-in resilience to the National Grid
  • reliable heat the cooling generation for both hospitals
  • a future-proofed heat and energy provision that is guaranteed for 30 years
  • guaranteed savings of £460,00 a year on energy bills
  • 10,000 tonnes of carbon savings - almost equivalent to taking 3,000 cars a year off the roads in Headington
  • a saving of at least £11,000,000 over three years of back log maintenance.