access to Banbury station with person walking and another cycling and a bus and car

Access to Banbury train station (Tramway Road improvements)

Improve the road layout, facilities and connectivity between southern Banbury and Banbury town centre.

About the project

Banbury Tramway location plan map

We’re proposing to improve the road layout and facilities around Banbury train station. The work aims to improve access to the train station; improve bus journey reliability into the town from southern areas of the town, and cut trips taken using the heavily congested A4260/Bridge Street junction.

The work involves:

  • extending the northern end of Tramway Road to provide a connection to Station Approach and the station surface car park for vehicles via a compact roundabout
  • creating a signal-controlled pedestrian, cycle, bus and taxi only link between Tramway Road and the station forecourt to allow the potential diversion of the B3 service bus route
  • improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists by providing a new footway and cycleway from Tramway Road to the station
  • adding a dedicated passenger drop-off/collection layby accessed from Tramway Road to the south of the proposed roundabout and new bus stops along Tramway Road and at the station forecourt
  • providing signals at the Tramway Road, Swan Close Road, Hightown Road and Lamb’s Crescent junction
  • providing new vehicle access to the Banbury station surface car park from Station Approach and the western station car park from the south of the town.

Why we are investing here

Cherwell Street is a key part of the main north-south route through Banbury. Increased growth in the town will add significant pressure to this corridor and there is a need to balance the travel needs of vehicles, pedestrians, and buses.

We want to encourage the use of public transport and improve pedestrian and cycling routes. By improving access to Banbury station and the town centre, especially from the south of the town and for those using public transport and active travel options, the proposals should reduce traffic and waiting times on Cherwell Street.

What you can expect

The proposals aim to provide: 

  • an integrated bus service that stops outside the station
  • improved bus access from other parts of south Banbury
  • an increase in the appeal of travelling to the railway station by non-car modes of travel
  • a reduction in harmful environmental and air quality impacts
  • relief to A4260/Bridge Street junction.

Proposal changes

The updated proposals have been prepared in collaboration with residents, business owners, cycling groups, Network Rail, Chiltern Railways, town and district councils and the Stagecoach bus company.

These conversations have helped us to present a detailed and informed revised proposal to the public for further comments.

Public consultation

The public consultation on our updated plans has now closed. It was open from 16 November to 14 December. We will review all comments from this consultation and use them to further develop the design

Previous consultation

In January 2020 we held a public consultation on preliminary proposals, which included a public exhibition and an online consultation. All responses were analysed to understand feedback about the scheme and to inform our updated plans. Read the full consultation report (pdf format, 193Kb).

Timetable of activity
Activity Target date
Public consultation on initial proposals January 2020
Review and update plans  Summer 2020
Further consultation 16 November - 14 December 2021
Design update December 2021
Planning submission Winter 2021
Detailed design January - June 2022
Construction July 2022 - March 2023

The timetable is subject to all statutory processes being completed.

Funding

The anticipated cost of this project is £4.5m. The is funded from the Housing and Growth Deal and existing developer contributions.