Bankside changes aimed at improving traffic flows, safety and prioritising cyclists and pedestrians


“This project will improve the situation in the area and deliver on our priority to make Bankside … safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists”

A project to remove the chicanes on Bankside and replace them with speed cushions is set to begin.   The work will also see an advisory cycle lane in both directions.

Oxfordshire County Council has announced work will commence between April and July this year. It is expected to last six weeks.   The Council says the scheme will improve traffic flow and increase safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The existing chicanes at a number of points along the road force traffic to wait for oncoming vehicles to pass .   These will be removed and replaced by speed cushions.  It is hoped this will achieve the aim of improving traffic flow and reduce vehicle speeds consistently.

An advisory cycle lane will be added on both carriageways.   One of the project’s aims is to allow more room for cyclists, who will be given greater priority.

A ramped zebra crossing will be installed near the access junction to the new Longford Park housing development. This junction will also be completed, including a footway link into the development.

Councillor Eddie Reeves, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery and Operations, said: “Many residents in the Bankside area are keen to see this work completed as soon as possible – it’s been a long time coming for some – and we’re really grateful to them for their patience. This project will improve the situation in the area and deliver on our priority to make Bankside, and the broader area between Banbury railway station and Longford Park, safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.”

The traffic calming measures are being timed to coincide with planned road maintenance and resurfacing at Bankside, to reduce the disruption that the work causes to users. The work will cost £420,000, £150,000 of which is being paid for by developers’ contributions.

Oxfordshire County Council will need to carry out a series of phased road closures as the work progresses. Residents who are directly affected will be informed of the work in advance through a letter.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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