Find out more about A423 Kennington improvements

Local people are being encouraged to attend a digital exhibition on proposed improvements to the A423 at Kennington. The exhibition, which is hosted by Oxfordshire County Council, will run from today (Monday 26 September) on the council’s engagement platform, Let’s Talk Oxfordshire

The council will also host four face to face sessions on 28 and 29 September to cover what is included in the planning application and answer any questions from attendees. 

The project will see the replacement of the existing Kennington rail bridge structure, allowing for a new eastbound bus lane and a shared use path on the north side for cycling and walking. It will also enable flood alleviation for the area as part of the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme (OFAS), to be delivered by the Environment Agency. 

Councillor Duncan Enright, Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy, said: “The A423 Kennington programme will not only make improvements to this major road for now, but also make it fit for the future. The rail bridge will be made safe and upgraded with increased provision for walking and cycling and all the while, supporting the aims of the OFAS. 

“However, we do understand that in the short-term these works will impact the lives of people who use this route. This is why we’re encouraging people to visit the digital exhibition and attend our drop-in sessions to better understand our plans and tell us how we can best keep them up to date during the construction phase.” 

The public information sessions are being held from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm on 28 September at St Luke’s Church (OX1 4XB) and at the same times on 29 September at Kennington Village Hall (OX1 5PG). 

Construction is expected to take place between late 2023 and 2026, with the bridge never being fully closed to traffic but being replaced one half at a time. 

The planning application for the A423 Kennington improvements is expected to be submitted in late November 2022.

For more information about this story contact the Oxfordshire County Council communications team on 01865 323870 or email press.office@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

More information on the scheme can be found by visiting www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/kennington.

The link to the digital exhibition is letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/a423-kennington-improvements