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A40 integrated bus lanes

The proposed integrated bus lanes and improved walking and cycling routes will provide alternative and safer options for travel.

About the project

image of the proposed integrated bus lanes

The proposal is to widen the carriageway along a 6.5km stretch to add dedicated bus lanes running eastbound and westbound along the A40 between Eynsham park and ride to Duke’s Cut. Bus gates will be installed to give priority to buses at locations where they join the general traffic lane.   

A new, improved pathway for pedestrians and cyclists will run parallel with the new bus lanes ensuring a continuous traffic-free shared-use route between Witney, Eynsham park and ride and Oxford.

Your questions answered

View your questions about the A40 integrated bus lanes scheme answered for more details.

Take a look at a flyover of the scheme - video

Note: the flythrough of the scheme is between 1:41 – 3:36. This video has no audio.

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 integrated bus lanes with two other complementary projects:

The dedicated bus lanes will enable fast, reliable, congestion-free travel. The improvements to the pedestrian and cycle paths will make travelling by alternative means for local, and longer distance trips safe, direct, and convenient. 

Timetable of activity
Activity Target date
Public engagement May 2021 - complete
Preferred option presented to Cabinet July 2021 - complete
Planning application submission November 2021 - complete
Detailed design commences January 2022 - complete
Compulsory purchase and side roads orders made July 2022
Planning approval Autumn 2022
Main construction begins on site Autumn 2023

How this is being funded

The westbound bus lane is funded by Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. Oxfordshire County Council is now in a funding contract with Homes England subject to a series of conditions.

The anticipated cost of this element of the scheme is £35m.

The eastbound bus lane delivery is covered by funding obtained through the Department of Transport (Local Growth Fund).