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A40 Duke's Cut

A proposed new eastbound dedicated bus lane and improved cycling and pedestrian routes.

About the project

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The Duke’s Cut proposals will see the realignment of road space to create a new eastbound bus lane and two traffic lanes. There will also be improved southbound and northbound cycling and pedestrian routes, ensuring safety and reliable journey times into Oxford.

The proposed eastbound bus lane will start west of Duke’s Cut bridges and will link up to the A40 Oxford north project, beyond the existing A34 overbridge. To the west, Duke’s Cut will link into the A40 integrated bus lanes project. The existing Wolvercote rail bridge parapet will also be replaced with a new modern version. 

A new shared-use pedestrian and cycle path along the A40 at Duke's Cut will link to the Oxford north and Wolvercote roundabout and will also connect directly to the National Cycle Network (NCN5) off-road pathway and the Oxford Canal towpath. This will allow pedestrian and cyclists a safe, direct and low traffic route into Oxford.

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Why we are investing here

Across the full A40 improvements programme, 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 and junction improvements.

The programme will result in better transport connections, promote sustainable travel options, and reduce emissions. It will enable the creation of new jobs and support the requirements of local housing. 

Public engagement on the A40 HIF2 Smart Corridor projects brings together the A40 Duke's Cut with two other complementary projects:

The Duke’s Cut proposals will enable a fast and reliable public transport service. The improvements to the pedestrian and cycle paths along this section will make travelling along this route safer, more accessible and enjoyable for all users. 

Timetable of activity
Activity Target date
Public engagement May/June 2021 - complete
Preferred option presented to Cabinet July 2021 - complete
Planning application submission November 2021 - complete
Detailed design commences January 2022 - complete
Compulsory purchases and side roads orders made July 2022
Planning approval Autumn 2022
Main construction begins on site Autumn 2023
Wolvercote Bridge  
Preliminary design May 2022 - complete
Detailed design July 2022
Construction - strengthening November 2022
Construction - parapet July 2023
Completion November 2023

How it is being funded

The scheme is entirely funded by Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. Oxfordshire County Council has agreed a funding contract with Homes England subject to a series of conditions.

The anticipated cost of this element of the programme is £19m.