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Benson Relief Road

A scheme to provide an alternative route from the A4074 and B4009 to the north of Benson village, particularly for HGVs.

About the improvements

The Benson Relief Road will provide the new housing developments to the north of Benson village with direct access to the A4074 (Elms Bridge Roundabout) and B4009 (west of Braze Lane).

Why we are investing here?

The area will see significant growth in the coming years and investment is needed so that the transport network can meet the demands that will be placed upon it in the future.

The scheme will offer the following benefits:

  • Helping to unlock development sites to the north of Benson village along the new route, and supporting the delivery of around 600 new homes
  • Reduced congestion through Benson Village and provide an alternative route from the A4074 and B4009, for cars, LGV’s and HGV’s.
  • Capacity improvements at the A4074 / Church Road junction.
  • Provides high-quality pedestrian/cycle infrastructure
  • Improved air quality.

What you can expect

The Benson Relief Road will be constructed in sections by housing developers and Oxfordshire County Council. The Council will be providing the south westerly section (approximately 250m length) of the relief road only.  

The image shows the four housing developments and the route the Benson Relief Road will take.


A planning application was submitted in 2021, with approval granted in January 2022.

At this stage, construction is anticipated to commence in Summer 2022. A detailed construction programme will be provided as the project progresses.

Minimising the impact

Appropriate traffic management will be in place to keep vehicles flowing during the works. We will coordinate the work to minimise the impact on the network as far as is reasonably practicable. Further details of this will be available closer to construction.

How it is being funded

The scheme is being funded through a combination of Growth Deal funding and Section 106 contributions from developers. 

Next steps

Land negotiations are ongoing, and construction is expected to start in summer 2022.

Contact us

If you would like to know more, you can contact us by email: BensonRRProject@oxfordshire.gov.uk