Progress continues on A41 improvements


A milestone has been reached in a project to significantly improve journeys in and around Bicester via the A41.

Contractors working for Bicester Village have now completed work on the roundabout at the Esso petrol station, which is now a ‘hamburger’ arrangement with traffic signals. These signals are now on and working effectively.

Work on next phase started

Work has also started on the next phase of improvements in the scheme on the Pingle Drive junction.

Contractors have begun changing the roundabout to a new road layout with traffic signals that will be synchronised with those at the now-complete ‘hamburger’ roundabout.

Traffic management

This work will involve the closure of two of the southbound lanes, for a length of 20 metres between Pingle Drive and the Esso roundabout for a period of two weeks. Temporary traffic signals will also be in place at a later stage of the work.

The construction is scheduled to be completed in the autumn.

Effective working

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Bicester is a growing and successful town and I am pleased that these improvements are continuing to be made through effective working between the county council and Bicester Village.

“More work will be done so that the transport network can meet the demands of the future and I would ask drivers to bear with us while this is done as the end result will be worthwhile.”

Business Director Sarah-Jane Curtis from Bicester Village said: “We are pleased that all construction work is progressing well and in particular that the road improvements are coming to fruition. We will continue to work with both Oxfordshire County Council and the Highway Authority to minimise any disruption to road users”

Rodney House roundabout

A separate improvement scheme for Bicester’s roads is planned which is associated with the Graven Hill development. This will signalise the Rodney House roundabout and increase its capacity.

Works are expected to begin later this year.