Student road gets a face lift

An unlit section of Roger Dudman Way, which runs behind the railway station from Botley Road to blocks of flats in Venneit Close and Oxford University student accommodation, is to have streetlights installed next year.

The road is divided into four sections, under the responsibility of First Great Western, Network Rail, Oxford University and Oxford County Council.

This led Labour councillor for Jericho and Osney, Susanna Pressel, to call it “Oxford’s strangest street” in 2007. She said that getting agreement to install the lights had been “an incredibly torturous process”.

The lights are to be installed along the section owned by Network Rail, alongside the north end of platform 2 at the station. The part owned by the University already has lights installed.

21-year-old Mary Ondieki, a student from Venneit Close, commented, “When we come home late at night it’s quite dark along here. Better lights are a really good idea.”

The work will cost about £85,000.