Minor work planned for Frideswide Square, Oxford

Work to carry out some minor repairs and alterations on Frideswide Square, Oxford, will begin on Monday 22 August.

The county council’s contractors, Skanska, will begin two weeks’ worth of work to slightly alter the kerb line outside the Royal Oxford Hotel along with repairing and strengthening a very small area which has been damaged by vehicles running over the paving.

The team will be installing a reinforced concrete base to support granite kerbs and Yorkstone slabs outside the hotel along with some new carriageway surfacing and buff colour road ‎markings. 

Work has been timed to take advantage of the quietest time of year on the roads and to be complete in time for the St Giles Fair.

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Cabinet member for transport, said: “This was an innovative complex scheme and it is not unexpected that minor alterations and repairs are necessary following a period of bedding in.

“It is important to stress that the area we are talking about amounts to just 1% of the total area of Frideswide Square and the rest of this major gateway into Oxford is unaffected.

“The contractors will be working hard in order to get all the work done safely in two weeks.”

Traffic management information

The traffic management shown on the diagram will be put in place on the evening of 21 August.

The carriageway next to the kerbline will be closed to traffic with Hythe Bridge Street and Park End Street open to one way traffic only, Hythe Bridge Street Eastbound only (towards the city centre) and Park End Street Westbound only (towards Frideswide Square).

Temporary signals at the Worcester Street/Hythe Bridge Street/George Street junction will be used and the New Road/Park End Street/Worcester Street permanent signals will be temporarily turned off.

Eastbound bus services on Park End Street (towards the city centre) will be diverted to Hythe Bridge Street. The eastbound bus stops on Park End Street will also be temporarily relocated to Hythe Bridge Street. Westbound services will continue to use and stop on Park End Street.

Access to businesses and properties for deliveries will be maintained at all times. Pedestrian routes through the works and to all frontages will also be maintained at all times, with temporary crossing points provided where necessary.

Disruption and delays are to be expected, however, we will of course be working to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.