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Wantage Eastern Link Road

Construction of a new link road between Grove (A338) and Wantage (A417).

About the improvements

Known as the Wantage Eastern Link Road (WELR), the new road will run between the A417, east of Wantage (West Locking junction), and A338, north of Wantage (Mabley Way/A338 Roundabout). It will also provide the ‘Crab Hill’ (Kingsgrove) housing development with direct access onto both the A338 and A417.

Why we are investing here?

This area is seeing significant growth in the delivery of new homes, with up to 1500 homes currently being delivered at the Kingsgrove housing development. Investment is needed now so that the transport network can meet the demands that will be placed upon it.

The WELR will not only provide direct benefits to the development but with wider benefits such:

  • Improved air quality benefits in central Wantage by reducing traffic congestion
  • provide essential relief to Wantage town centre and surrounding road junctions by creating an alternative ‘bypass’ route, especially for LGVs and HGVs.
  • Improvements to the pedestrian and cycle environment, by providing high-quality pedestrian/cycle facilities.

What you can expect

The WELR project is split into three phases. The first two phases are currently under construction and are being funded and delivered by the developer. The third phase will be constructed by OCC.

Phase 1 is the easter arm of WELR shown in red – Linking to A417 
Phase 2 is the western arm of WELR shown in orange – Linking to A338 
Phase 3 is the middle section linking the easter and western arms, shown in green.


Work is currently underway on Phases 1 and 2, with completion anticipated by Summer 2022. Construction for Phase 3 is currently planned to start in Spring/Summer 2022 and conclude in early 2023.

Minimising the impact

As Phase 3 of the project is being built alongside the housing developments and off the existing network, there will be minimal traffic disruption during construction.  We will coordinate with the developers to ensure there is minimal 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 financed through Growth Deal funding and Section 106 contributions from developers.

Next steps

We are currently in the final phases of procuring a contractor and will begin mobilising to start works in Spring/Summer 2022.

Contact us

If you would like to know more, you can contact us by email: WELR3@oxfordshire.gov.uk