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Marsh Lane, Oxford

Significant resurfacing and maintenance on this main route into Oxford will begin on 24 January 2022


The £950k project will include resurfacing between the A40 Northern Bypass overbridge and Brookfield Crescent, kerb and footway repairs and drainage improvements.

The work is expected to last up to nine weeks and, although there will be disruption during this period, it is hoped that the new surface will not need further structural maintenance for many years to come.

There has not been any structural maintenance of the road for many years and these works are expected to provide many years’ service performance.

Traffic Management

The county council has designed the traffic management to minimise the impact on residents, businesses and all road users affected by these works.

The temporary traffic management required to safely construct the road works include temporary traffic signals and full road closures with alternative diversion routes. Details of the phasing and timing for the road works can be seen on the attached phasing drawings. These details may be subject to change but are indicative of the programme for construction.

Delays are likely throughout the works, and everyone is being asked to review their daily route, mode of transport and time of travel and where possible consider alternatives. 


A budget of approximately £1M has been made available for the design and delivery of this project. This forms part of the Carriageway Structural Maintenance Programme of works being delivered in Oxfordshire this financial year.

More information

If you would like to ask a question or make a complaint about these works you can ring our Customer Service Centre on 0345 310 11 11. If our Customer Service Team can’t answer your question, we can arrange for one of the council’s officers to respond to you directly.

Frequently asked questions

What does the work involve?

The work comprises highways maintenance on Marsh Lane between the A40 Northern Bypass overbridge and Brookfield Crescent. This will include carriageway resurfacing kerbing and footway repairs and drainage improvements.

Why do you need to do this?

The road surface has deteriorated considerably, and major works are necessary to repair the road to a serviceable state.

What is the cost?

The county council is investing £1M in the improvement and maintenance work.

When will the work take place?

Enabling works are programmed to start on Monday 24 January. This will include kerb and footway repairs and drainage improvements and will last for six weeks. This work will be carried out during the day under temporary traffic signals.

The main carriageway resurfacing is programmed to start on Monday 7 March and will last for three weeks. This will be carried out in phases and will involve the closure of Marsh Lane, signed diversion routes will be in place during this period. This work will be carried out at night.

Temporary traffic signals shall be manually controlled when in operation between 7am and 7pm.

What will the working hours be?

Daytime working hours will be 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday – works on the highway will not start until after 9:30am. Works off the highway that do not require traffic management will start before 9:30am

Night-time working hours will be 7pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.

We have consulted with Oxford City Council’s Environmental department regarding carrying out these works at night. As part of this consultation the noisier operations close to residential properties, i.e., removing the existing carriageway and breaking out, will cease by 11pm.

  • We do not envisage extending these working hours, but this will be reviewed if we encounter any unexpected delays.

Marsh Lane will be fully reopened to traffic outside of these periods.

What are the diversions or alternative routes?

Signed diversion routes will only be put in place while Marsh Lane is closed.

Delays are likely throughout the works, and everyone is being asked to review their route, mode of transport, and time of travel and where possible consider alternatives. 

What impact will these works have on bus services?

Stagecoach service 14a operates along Marsh Lane to service Marston Village enroute from Oxford City Centre to the JR Hospital.

During the enabling works this service will operate as normal.

During the night-time road closures for the main carriageway resurfacing, this service will divert along Cherwell Drive. Bus stops in Marston Village and along Marsh Lane will be closed and passengers diverted to alternative stops.

How will cyclists and pedestrians be catered for while the work is done?

Cyclists will be catered for in all of the traffic management arrangements that will be put in place and are encouraged to follow the prescribed signage and diversion
routes for their safety.

Existing footways on both sides of Marsh Lane will remain open to pedestrians at all times.

Will access to my property be affected?

Access for residents will be maintained at all times as far as practicably possible however, you may experience a slight delay at certain times depending on what
activities are being carried out, for example, surfacing directly outside of your property.

How will my business get deliveries?

During the works access to businesses via Marsh Lane will be maintained. As with any road works, delays to normal journey times should be expected and we urge
road users to take this into account when planning their journey.

Access to businesses located on Marsh Lane will be maintained throughout the works.