County is given £11m to sort out roads

Witney Gazette: County councillor David Nimmo Smith County councillor David Nimmo Smith

GOVERNMENT funding of £11m has been handed out to three major road projects around Oxfordshire.

The money will pay for putting traffic lights at the Cutteslowe roundabout in North Oxford, improvements to a road in Bicester to cope with extra train traffic, and a new link road in Wantage.

It is hoped all three projects will be completed by early 2017.

County councillor David Nimmo Smith, the cabinet member for transport, said: “The money which comes from the Department for Transport is a significant proportion of the amount we need.

“We are delighted to be given this funding and we are in a position to be able to get them done.”

The £4.8m Cutteslowe scheme will see traffic lights put at the junction to reduce traffic congestion in the area, but Mr Nimmo Smith said the council had not yet decided whether to keep the roundabout or not.

Bicester’s London Road will be improved in expectation of an increase in train services following the completion of the East West rail project – which could consist of a bridge or a new road.

The council has been given up to £6.8m for this but the total cost of the project is not yet known.

In Wantage the £800,000 allocation will allow a £15m relief road between the A361 and the A417 to be completed.

Other funds come from the council’s own budget and from developer contributions.

County councillor for Summertown and Wolvercote Jean Fooks welcomed the news that work on the Cutteslowe roundabout would be happening.

She said: “It is good that there is a plan to do something, whatever the traffic engineers with their experience think will reduce queues on Banbury Road.”

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11:23am Fri 24 Jan 14

bodchris says...

Since when have traffic lights eased a traffic problem? Traffic lights at Cutteslowe will be a disaster. Who will decide which lanes have priority? Will the traffic lights turnoff after the peak periods? Will we sit in queues watching empty spaces in front of us as the traffic lights are red. Better spend the money on simple lane changes at the previous roundabout at Wolvercote. to ease traffic onto the A34 or if you really want to fiddle with Cutteslowe shave the corners to make 'feeder lanes' for those turning left.
Since when have traffic lights eased a traffic problem? Traffic lights at Cutteslowe will be a disaster. Who will decide which lanes have priority? Will the traffic lights turnoff after the peak periods? Will we sit in queues watching empty spaces in front of us as the traffic lights are red. Better spend the money on simple lane changes at the previous roundabout at Wolvercote. to ease traffic onto the A34 or if you really want to fiddle with Cutteslowe shave the corners to make 'feeder lanes' for those turning left. bodchris

12:26pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Englishman says...

Surely it is the Wolvercote roundabout that want sorting first.
Surely it is the Wolvercote roundabout that want sorting first. Englishman

3:12pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Severian says...

I'd be very interested to see what sort of bridge they are going to build on London Road in Bicester - that is a densely built-up area, and very flat. Any bridge likely to be high enough for trains to go under is likely to be an eyesore.
I'd be very interested to see what sort of bridge they are going to build on London Road in Bicester - that is a densely built-up area, and very flat. Any bridge likely to be high enough for trains to go under is likely to be an eyesore. Severian

4:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

piper2011 says...

any chance of filling in the pot holes ?
any chance of filling in the pot holes ? piper2011

7:49pm Fri 24 Jan 14

birdtable says...

How does the A361 at Trowbridge, Wltshire get involved with the A417 which runs near Wantage; that will be an awfully long relief road - a hundred miles or so???
How does the A361 at Trowbridge, Wltshire get involved with the A417 which runs near Wantage; that will be an awfully long relief road - a hundred miles or so??? birdtable

1:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

melyn am byth says...

No traffic lights, please no more freakin' traffic lights. Recess the Kidlington bound bus stops so the traffic can keep moving freely and replace the pelican crossing opposite Lovelace road with a zebra crossing, we have to stop pedesrians pushing puttons to cross roads, it's getting silly, no one looks left or right anymore.
Some drivers also need to be more aware of what's going on around them, they just concentrate on the road 3 yds infront of them, oblivious to vehicles wanting to exit junctions or turn right across the traffic infront of them, ignorance appears to be a recreational pastime for a lot of motorists these days.
No traffic lights, please no more freakin' traffic lights. Recess the Kidlington bound bus stops so the traffic can keep moving freely and replace the pelican crossing opposite Lovelace road with a zebra crossing, we have to stop pedesrians pushing puttons to cross roads, it's getting silly, no one looks left or right anymore. Some drivers also need to be more aware of what's going on around them, they just concentrate on the road 3 yds infront of them, oblivious to vehicles wanting to exit junctions or turn right across the traffic infront of them, ignorance appears to be a recreational pastime for a lot of motorists these days. melyn am byth

6:15pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Muckaway says...

How about copying Guildford and making the bus lanes "priority traffic lanes" thus in addition to buses and taxis, lorries can use them too.
The link road from the A40 to the A34 needs building, either that or widen the access road through the BP garage so we can all drive through it.
How about copying Guildford and making the bus lanes "priority traffic lanes" thus in addition to buses and taxis, lorries can use them too. The link road from the A40 to the A34 needs building, either that or widen the access road through the BP garage so we can all drive through it. Muckaway

6:17pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Muckaway says...

How will traffic lights at Cutteslowe improve things? A roundabout, properly used, means traffic from all approaches should be able to move at once. Assuming the drivers exiting the roundabout drive slowly and use their indicators of course.
How will traffic lights at Cutteslowe improve things? A roundabout, properly used, means traffic from all approaches should be able to move at once. Assuming the drivers exiting the roundabout drive slowly and use their indicators of course. Muckaway

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