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Relief to Rowstock

Scheme to support growth in both housing and employment planned in the Science Vale area and to mitigate congestion at the Rowstock roundabout junction.

About the improvements

The Relief to Rowstock scheme aims to provide improved bus journey time savings and reliability and enhanced walking and cycling facilities, as well as support growth in both housing and employment in the Science Vale area. 

The project will provide improvements to the existing network, including:

Phase one

Widening of the A4130 Abingdon Road between the Steventon lights junction and the Milton Interchange with the provision of an eastbound bus lane.

Phase two

Options analysis is underway to identify and prioritise potential improvements within the wider Rowstock area including to the existing Rowstock roundabout and the junctions of A4130 Featherbed Lane with A4130 Abingdon Road (northern junction) and with Wantage Road (southern junction).

Junctions will be upgraded to provide increased capacity to facilitate future growth and will feature quality active travel infrastructure to support journeys on foot and by cycle.

Why we are investing here?

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

The purpose of the Relief to Rowstock scheme is to:

  • Facilitate improvement to public transport
  • Provide suitable infrastructure to encourage the use of sustainable and active travel modes.
  • Improve safety for all road users
  • Reduce congestion and capacity issues and improve journey time reliability
  • Facilitate planned growth in the area

What you can expect

The scheme will be delivered in two phases:

Phase one

  • Carriageway widening to provide an eastbound bus lane between Steventon lights junction and Milton Interchange with improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Addition of new traffic lights with crossing points at Trenchard Avenue/ A4130
  • Upgrade of Steventon High Street traffic lights with crossing points.

Phase two

When current work to identify and prioritise options for the wider Rowstock area has been completed, the timing for delivery of additional work will be dependent on funding availability, potential need for any land acquisition, planning approvals and further environmental assessments.

General arrangement plan drawings are available to download on the right side of the page


Preliminary and detailed design of phase one is due to be completed in Autumn 2023, with construction expected to start later in Autumn 2023.

Minimising the impact

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 practical. Further details will be confirmed closer to construction.

How it is being funded

The scheme is being financed through a combination of City Deal and Housing and Growth Deal funding and Section 106 contributions.

Next steps

A public consultation will take place from 12pm on Tuesday 11 October to 23:59pm on 8 November 2022. It will showcase the design details and road layout for phase one. 

We would like you to share your views on our proposals by completing the online questionnaire before 4 October 2022. This is your opportunity to contribute to how the scheme will work best for all those travelling between Harwell Campus, Milton Park, Wantage, Grove and Didcot.

The online consultation will also be supported by two drop-in events for members of the public to see the proposals in person and ask questions of the project team:

  • Thursday 20 October 2022, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, St Michaels and All Angels Church, Church Lane, Steventon, OX13 6SW 
  • Thursday 27 October 2022, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Marriott Courtyard Oxford South, 6 Milton Gate, Milton, OX14 4FP

You can find the consultation, drawings, FAQs and complete the questionnaire on our Let’s Talk Oxfordshire platform.

Contact us

If you would like to know more, you can contact us by email: R2Rproject@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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