Millions of pounds to be invested in highway repairs and improvements

More improvements are on the way for Oxfordshire’s motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in the next 12 months as a result of investment in the network totalling £31.3 million.

Roads, cycleways, bridges, drainage, pavements and streetlights will all benefit from the programme, which is part of Oxfordshire County Council’s wider investment into highway infrastructure.

Some of the major maintenance schemes for 2021/22 include Marsh Lane in Oxford, Park Road in Faringdon and the Orchard Way/Warwick Road Roundabout in Banbury.

Councillor Eddie Reeves, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery and Operations, said: “Understandably, most people judge the performance of the county council on the condition of our roads. 

"Great work is already under way and I think that most people would accept that the roads are generally better today than they were three or four years ago. The highways team is constantly looking to improve our roads and to getting resources to where they're needed most.”

The list of projects include resurfacing, embankment repairs, road edge strengthening, surface dressing to waterproof and extend the life of roads, and recycling schemes using new techniques that incorporate old road materials.

Repairs are identified either through reports from the public or during the council’s own routine inspections. People can report any defect found with the highways at any time using Fix My Street.

Between April 2020 and March 2021, Oxfordshire County Council treated just under 1.5 million square metres of highway at more than 220 sites, with works valued at just over £20m.