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A41 improvement work to start on 23 May

Published 19 May 2016

Work to significantly improve journeys in and around Bicester via the A41 will begin on 23 May.

Contractors working for Bicester Village have finalised their plans for a major road scheme that will see the roundabouts at the Esso petrol station and Pingle Drive being transformed with the introduction of a “hamburger” arrangement and synchronised traffic signals.
 
The work will greatly improve capacity on all approaches to the roundabouts and the roads between them. Contractors will start work on the Esso roundabout first and hope to have the new layout completed by February, with. Work on the Pingle Drive roundabout thereafter.
 
Early work
The first phase of work will be trial-hole drilling and this is not expected to have any impact on traffic as it will be done at night.

There will be night time lanes closures in place from Mon 23 May to Fri 24 June for the hole excavation and other early work.

Re-lining will be done between 31 May and 3 June to make traffic lanes that will be moved over and narrowed, but no traffic lanes lost. Drainage work will then begin in early June.

Next steps
More information on progress and next stages of work will be issued shortly and people can sign up to receive updates by email by visiting www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/bicester

These roadworks may result in disruption with some congestion during certain busy periods resulting in increased journey times. As much of the critical elements of the highway  work causing the greatest disruption will as far as  possible be done at night to minimise the impact on road users.
 
Traffic management such as narrowed lanes will be used when necessary, but the roads will be open at all times during the day.

A Bicester Village spokesperson said: “Bicester Village is working with the county council to ensure that disruption caused by the work and traffic management is minimised as far as possible.

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Transport, said: “Bicester is a growing and successful town and these improvements are needed so that the transport network can meet the demands of the future.
 
“While they are being done there will be disruption, but I am pleased that a great deal of effort has been put into keeping the roads running as smoothly as possible.”

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