Ducklington Lane resurfacing delayed

Engineers working on the scheme estimate that work has been knocked back by four weeks due to the pipes and cables not being on maps supplied by the energy companies.

The £2.5m scheme will see the junction of Ducklington Lane, Station Lane and Thorney Leys improved to allow for greater traffic flow and reduced congestion during peak times.

This will involve creating an extra lane for northbound traffic, a dedicated lane for southbound traffic to access onto the A40 and all other approaches to the main junction will be widened where feasible to increase capacity.

This work began in May this year and was planned to be completed by early November. Due to the discovery of these utility mains, this has now been pushed back to early December.

The resurfacing work will begin on Thursday 30 October and will require road closures which will be in effect between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday, in order to minimise disruption to residents and businesses. However, some day time road closures may also be necessary.

It is expected that the work will take three weeks to complete and will see a small section of the road resurfaced at a time. Diversion routes will be advertised well in advance of work beginning and will be amended as roads are reopened following completion of each week of work. Diversions will utilise the A40, A415, B4047, A4095 and B4022.

Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor David Nimmo-Smith said: “This is very unfortunate but this diversion work must be carried out. Once the work is completed, I am sure residents will welcome the improvements and feel the day-to-day benefits.”

Further information on the scheme can be found on Oxfordshire County Council’s website: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/a415-ducklington-lane-improvements.