A361 road safety improvements

Safety improvement works between Banbury and Chipping Norton in 2019.


This project proposes improvements to safety on A361 which include: carriageway resurfacing and drainage in various locations, vegetation clearance, footpath improvements, Wykham Lane and Bloxham Grove Road junctions’ improvements, lining and signage improvements and speed limit reductions.

Shared use facility (shared pedestrian/cycleway)

Contractors working for Oxfordshire County Council will start the construction of a shared footway on A361 week commencing 21 October and delays to traffic are expected during the work.

The shared footway will be approximately 2.5km long and will run from the new Parsons Piece roundabout to the crossing at Chipperfield Park Road, however work will only take place between Crouch Cottages and the crossing at Chipperfield Park Road.

The work to share the footway will be completed in March 2020 and will be carried out during the day under temporary two-way traffic lights with two crews working at separate locations in parallel.

Work will be suspended, and all traffic management removed for Christmas period from 20 December 2019 and will resume on 6 January 2020.

Share footway design drawings

Wykham Lane junction

We have completed detailed design of the Wykham Lane junction, and we are now progressing with procurement and pricing.

The construction work is scheduled to start on 6 January and will be completed by 31 March 2020.

Traffic management

All remaining work on the shared footway will be carried out during the day under temporary traffic lights, therefore no road closure/diversions will be required.

The majority of the work on Wykham Lane Junction will also be completed during day-time, however, there will be a few night-time closures. Those will be communicated to everyone, including diversions, in due course.

Progress to date

The following activities were completed in the last three months:

  • Minor Civils and Drainage Works - all programmed civil and drainage works including Bloxham Village were completed on 27 September 2019.
  • Resurfacing – all scheduled resurfacing (from Wykham Mill to Wigginton Junction and Great Tew Junction) has been completed on 11 October 2019, including Bloxham Village from Hawke Lane to Strawberry Terrace and Bloxham Grove Road junction to Chipperfield Park Road.
  • Signing, lining and maintenance – a lot of work has already been completed and the team are continuing to make progress on installing cats eyes and signs as well as tackling other small maintenance jobs identified while on site. All are to be completed by the end of October 2019 (weather permitting).

The following activities were completed in the last 12 months:

  • Signs and lines reviews
  • Shared footway siding out, assessment and walk and talk to inform design
  • Scope re-modelling in ViDA (DfT safety assessment tool)
  • Public consultation for speed limit reduction
  • Assessment of vehicle crash barrier (safety fence) south of South Newington
  • South Newington carriageway resurfacing and drainage improvements (completed in November 2018).
  • Coring
  • Advanced vegetation clearance prior to design work along the entire route
  • Topographical and utilities surveys
  • Drainage surveys
  • Surface condition assessment and prioritisation exercise
  • Accident analysis on two study junctions.

Why we are doing this work

The Safer Roads Foundation (SRF) identified A361, between Banbury and Chipping Norton, as one of the 50 sections of A-class roads with the highest risk of fatal and serious road traffic accidents.

The accidents recorded on the route were quite diverse but include loss of control incidents, particularly at bends and junction accidents. The higher severity accidents are mainly on the more rural stretches, with comparatively few being recorded within the two villages Bloxham and South Newington. 

The Oxfordshire County Council was invited to bid for funding allocated by the Department for Transport (DfT) and following work to identify appropriate measures to reduce accident risk to all users, a bid was submitted in April 2017 to the DfT and was successful.  

We have received £4.135m to deliver the agreed A361 road safety improvements by 31 March 2020.

What are we proposing?

Measures to reduce the risk of accidents on A361 from Banbury to A3400 Roundabout at Chipping Norton.

The key changes that will be brought about by this project to reduce the likelihood and impact of accidents, include:

  1. Vegetation clearance
  2. Carriageway re-surfacing in several locations
  3. Reduced speed limits
  4. Improved junctions at Bloxham Grove Road and Wykham Lane
  5. Improved road markings and signage along the entire section
  6. Improved drainage in several locations
  7. Improved footway for all users including shared use facility