Almost time to have your say on A40 transport
This Friday (30 November) marks the start of a public consultation detailed plans for £180m worth of transport improvements for the A40 between Witney and Oxford.
Four public exhibitions are planned as part of a public consultation exercise which will run from 30 November 2018 until 6 January 2019.
The detailed design and plans for the Eynsham Park and Ride and A40 Eastbound Bus Lane scheme will be on display as well as the concept designs for further infrastructure improvements.
Exhibition dates and locations
Saturday 1 December 2018
3pm - 6pm - Cassington Village Hall (Main Hall)
The Green, Cassington, OX29 4AX
Monday 3 December 2018
4.30pm - 8pm - Eynsham Village Hall (Main Hall)
46 Back Ln, Eynsham OX29 4QW
Wednesday 5 December 2018
1pm - 5pm - Witney Methodist Church (Upper Hall)
40 High Street, Witney, OX28 6HG
Tuesday 11 December
5pm - 8.30pm - Witney Corn Exchange
Market Square, Witney, OX28 6AB
You can also take part online from 30 November at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/A40
Thriving communities need transport improvements
The bus lane project also includes new bus stops at Eynsham on the A40 and Westbound bus priority on the approaches to Cassington traffic signals and Eynsham roundabout.
Junction improvements between Eynsham park and ride and the Duke’s Cut canal bridge near Wolvercote are also proposed. The two-way shared walking and cycling path along with the northern verge would be widened and the southern path would be retained.
Funded through growth
This project is largely funded through the Local Growth Fund and the council has provisionally secured £35m toward the cost.
Construction is currently programmed to take place from 2019-2021 and it is expected that Eynsham park and ride will be subject to a planning application in spring 2019.
More improvements could be on the horizon
The consultation also shines a light on further potential improvements to the A40.
The council has the opportunity to submit a proposal to central government for further funding towards improvements to the A40, through the Housing Infrastructure Fund.
The proposal, worth up to £145m, are for measures complementary to the Eynsham Park and Ride and bus priority scheme.
Five scheme elements are planned including improvements to highway capacity by extending the A40 dual carriageway at Witney to Eynsham park and ride. There is also a proposal to improve bus journeys from Oxford through providing longer sections of westbound bus priority lane, and to widen the Duke’s Cut Canal and Wolvercote Railway bridges to enable the eastbound bus lane towards Oxford to travel over this pinch point and into Wolvercote roundabout.
Improvements to cycle routes are also proposed. A new path from the A40 cycle route to National Cycle Route 5 on the Oxford Canal Tow path is proposed, as well as seeking to provide a long distance dedicated walking and cycling route from Eynsham to Botley along the B4044.
The December consultation seeks view on the conceptual designs of these transport scheme proposals for the A40 corridor.
The council is developing a central government business case for these five schemes to submit to the Housing Infrastructure Fund in March 2019 and is likely to hear if funds have been awarded to the A40 in Summer 2019.
Susan Halliwell, director for planning and place, said: “We are looking at some massive transport investments for the A40 that will benefit people locally and from far beyond.
“The plans cover many of the things that people consistently call for – better public transport, better cycling infrastructure and congestion pinch-points being dealt with.
“Economic growth across Oxfordshire presents challenges but also some really big opportunities to invest now for the future so that we can continue to enable communities to thrive across the county.
“Now is the time for people to look closely at what is planned and have your say as we reach a crucial point.”