Oxford's A40 North Way to be resurfaced

Work to resurface a busy arterial route in Oxford will take place in mid-August

The surface of the A40 North Way has worn badly in places and now needs to be replaced.

Oxfordshire County Council has worked with its contractors, Skanska, to come up with a programme which means that the work will be done in days rather than up to six weeks thanks to using night time and weekend closures and taking advantage of the quieter school holiday time.

In response to feedback from road users and local residents, we will also be taking the opportunity to alter the road marking layout along the road and the approach to Cutteslowe roundabout.

A combination of weekend daytime and weekday night time closures of Sunderland Avenue will operate for the duration of the work.


A diversion will be in place and signed during the periods when the A40 North Way is closed. The diversion will direct traffic via the A44 Woodstock Road, A4260 Frieze Way and A4165 Banbury Road in both directions.

Complementary road closures are also planned for Five Mile Drive (western end), Blandford Avenue (northern end) and Davenant Road (western end).

The work

Phase 1

A40 North Way will be closed from 8am Saturday 12 August until 8pm on Sunday 13 August. Construction works will only be undertaken between 8am and 11pm on Saturday and between 9am and 8pm on Sunday. The road will remain closed overnight during this phase.

Phase 2

A40 North Way will be closed at night between 7pm and 6am each night from Monday 14 August to Friday 18 August. The noisiest operations will be completed by 11pm each night. The road will be open during the day over this phase.

Change to layout

We will be making minor amendments to the roadmarkings on the approaches to the roundabouts to improve the alignment. Based on feedback since our announcement of resurfacing Sunderland Avenue, we have reconsidered the reversion to 2 lane operation and will reinstate the roadmarkings to 3 lanes as now, we will be installing other measures such as vehicle activated signs and improving the lane marking alignment instead.

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