A40 Access to Witney
This scheme proposes adding westbound slip roads at the A40/B4022 Shores Green junction to improve access to Witney.
About the project
The proposed junction upgrade forms part of the wider Witney Area Strategy, started in 2014, to improve access between the town and the A40. This final improvement at the Shores Green junction on the A40 will add west-facing slip roads.
This will enable traffic from northeast Witney to travel west on the A40 toward Burford without travelling through the town centre and Bridge Street, or the A40 / Ducklington Lane junction in Witney.
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Why we are investing here
The proposals to address traffic and transport issues on the section of the A40 between Witney and Oxford will result in:
- better transport links
- new jobs and housing
- reduced emissions
- more sustainable travel options.
We’re investing £180 million in six major schemes, which will deliver:
- a new park and ride
- an extension of the dual carriageway around Witney
- new bus lanes
- junction improvements.
The improvements at Shores Green junction will give residents more choice, particularly those from northeast Witney wanting to travel westbound on the A40. The improvements will help alleviate existing congestion and air quality problems in Witney town centre, particularly at A4095 Bridge Street. In addition, they will support the delivery of major new housing development sites planned in east and north Witney as part of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan.
The scheme will also improve connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians through the area, including to South Leigh.
|Public engagement||May 2021 - complete|
|Preferred option presented to Cabinet||July 2021 - complete|
|Planning application submission||Early 2022 - complete|
|Detailed design commences||Autumn 2022|
|Compulsory purchases and side roads orders made||Summer 2022|
|Planning approval||Summer 2022|
|Construction begins on site||Mid 2023|
|Construction works completed||Mid 2024|
How it is going to be funded
The A40 Access to Witney improvement scheme is funded by a combination of Housing and Growth Deal (HGD) funds and Section 106 developer contributions.
The total cost of the scheme is estimated to be £13.9m.