Vintage vehicles, a ‘driverless’ car, a hydrogen powered vehicle and electric bicycles were the first to travel down the newest road in Oxfordshire.
The £11.65m Harwell link road opened to motorists in the pouring rain last week.
It connects the B4493 to the A417 and provides a more direct route from housing developments west of Didcot to the Harwell Campus.
Sue Halliwell, Oxfordshire County Council’s director for planning and place, said: “The Harwell Link Road is something that local people have wanted for a long time and we are now approaching the time when people can start to get the benefits.
“This was a large and challenging project, but the benefits should prove to be worth the wait.”
The county council touted increased road capacity, reduced traffic through Harwell village and greater route choice as the link road’s primary benefits.
Wantage MP Ed Vaizey added: “I am delighted to see the opening of this great new road link, which will have a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of many of my constituents.”
Construction started in December 2016 and the link road has been delivered both on schedule and budget.
Included within construction work was: surfacing road and footpaths measuring around 22,000m²; importing around 200,000 tonnes of fill material; installing 4,600m of new drains; putting in 3,000m of electrical ducting; laying 2.5km of kerbs and seeding 40,000 plants and trees.