Future technology already in Didcot Garden Town’s sights

At a recent TransforMOTION event, held in London, John Cotton, leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, presented a futuristic vision alongside exhibits of Bosch UK’s latest innovations such as e-bikes, autonomous vehicles and pods.

This coincided with the council’s launch of ‘Be in Science Vale’, a global campaign to highlight how being based in the area can bring benefits to space, life science and advanced engineering businesses and offering their workforce easy access to beautiful unspoilt countryside and first-rate leisure activities.

The Didcot Garden Town and Science Vale teams are working with Bosch UK and other world leading innovators, to see how we can benefit from introducing new sustainable technology including commercially viable services.

Councillor Cotton presented a vision on how residents living in Didcot Garden Town and Science Vale could travel to nearby science and innovation campuses, such as Milton Park, Harwell Campus and Culham Science Centre, with new improved routes using various transport methods.

Science Vale UK has two enterprise zones and anticipates 20,000 new jobs being created with the level of investment currently planned. The garden town plans are ambitious and include building 15,000 new homes in the next 20 years, some of which will use the latest sustainable technology for their heat and power.

John Cotton said, “The event was a fantastic showcase of how new technology can be introduced into our lives, not just in the long-term future but, in the next few years.”

He added, “Didcot is a forward-looking town and we see the area as being at the forefront of introducing new commercially viable and environmentally friendly technology to complement all our lives.”