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A40 Oxford north

Bus, cycle and pedestrian routes between the Wolvercote roundabout and the A34 flyover will provide more travel options when travelling into Oxford.

About the project

The scheme will upgrade the A40 between the A34 overbridge and the Wolvercote roundabout with a new eastbound bus lane, dedicated cycle lanes and widened footpaths. A single traffic lane will remain in both directions. 

There will also be controlled crossings and lighting improvements, as well as a new signalised junction to allow access in and out of the development. The speed limit will be decreased from the national speed limit to 30mph, due to new housing development in the area.

Why we are investing here

The work to address traffic and transport issues on the section of the A40 between Witney and Oxford will result in better transport links, the creation of new jobs and housing, reduced emissions, and 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 and junction improvements.

The A40 is recognised as being a very slow route in and out of Oxford city centre facing daily congestion problems and poor journey experiences for road users.

These improvements will ensure there is a reliable and frequent public transport service, making journeys to Oxford more enjoyable with more travel options such as walking, cycling, and buses. 

What you can expect

Milestone Infrastructure has been appointed as contractors and is currently on site.

Activity timetable
Activity Target date
Traffic management barriers installed and 40 mph speed restriction February 2021 - complete
Temporary cycle paths will be opened February 2021 - complete
Road construction (earthworks excavation) begins March 2021 - complete
Temporary road crossing (two-way lights) at night to complete utilities crossings March 2021 - complete
Road construction continues E/B and W/B highway April to December 2021 - complete
Traffic management moved to central reservation (with 30mph speed restriction) December 2021 - complete
Central reservation road construction December to May 2022 - complete
Temporary road crossing (two-way traffic lights) at night to complete surface finishing May 2022 - complete


How it is being funded

The scheme is entirely funded by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The anticipated cost of this element of the programme is £8.44m.