£18.8m to be spent on M40 junction 10 improvements
Funding agreement signed to deliver the project with construction planned to start by November 2022
£18.8 million is set to be spent on improvement works at Junction 10 of the M40. The work at the Ardley junction roadabout took a step closer after a funding agreement was signed between Oxfordshire County Council and Highways England.
The County Council has allocated the money from its Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal funding, which is to improve the existing roundabouts at the Upper Heyford development site. The project will be delivered by Highways England, which is currently developing the designs.
Councillor Duncan Enright, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Development Strategy, said: “The transport improvements at Junction 10 of the M40 were identified as a key infrastructure project to support the increased housing on the Heyford Park development and we are delighted that progress is being made in partnership with Highways England in bringing it into fruition.”
Highways England is planning to complete the design by August 2022 and start construction by November 2022. It is proposed to enlarge the Baynards Green roundabout, while other associated works will increase the capacity of the Padbury roundabout.
David Steventon, Highways England Scheme Delivery Operations Manager, said: “Improving the junction on the A43 at Baynards Green, and the M40 roundabout at Padbury will increase capacity, reduce congestion, help reduce journey times and improve safety. It’s exciting to be in a position to start work on designing these improvements, and we are looking forward to working with Oxfordshire County Council on this project.”
The County Council lists as benefits of the proposed project:
- Improved road infrastructure in the area to cope with the future traffic demand due to planned housing and employment growth.
- A boost to economic growth and opportunities by providing additional highway network capacity.
- Improved road safety at junctions.
- Reduced journey times.
- A reduced impact on the environment and carbon footprint by tackling congestion around Junction 10.
The total cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £18.8 million, with the majority coming from the Growth Deal. The housing developers will be repaying some of the costs through legally bound developer contribution agreements.