A40 Eynsham park and ride and bus lane scheme | Oxfordshire County Council

A40 Eynsham park and ride and bus lane scheme

Opportunity to improve the reliability and variety destinations in Oxford served by public transport

Latest update

In the last quarter, our consultants have been progressing the design using information revealed by surveys undertaken up to the end of 2017. A small number of ecological, archaeological and visual surveys are continuing as part of the baseline data collection required for the Park and Ride’s planning application, whilst a small number of further trial holes to locate buried services that were previously not accounted for will take place from May 2018 onwards. The scheme’s 3d alignment design is also about to commence.

During the December 2016 scheme consultation we received many comments about the importance of retaining the southern footway along the A40. The engineering team have spent time reviewing the available width within the A40 highway corridor to enable a number of elements to be accommodated, these include the improved cycleway on the northern-side, the eastbound bus lane, general traffic running lanes and the southern footway. The output of this work indicates that the southern footway will be retained under this scheme.

The A40 long term strategy includes investigation, in the future, to consider a new project to provide a complementary westbound bus lane along the A40. This study will include a further review of the A40 corridor for all modes of traffic.

The scheme’s Business Case, which requires approval by the Secretary of State for Transport, has also been progressed further and we intend to submit draft documents to the Department of Transport for their comments by early summer 2018, in advance of the formal submission later on this year.

Why we are doing this project?

Congestion on the A40 and its junctions causes daily problems for road users and has been described by business leaders as one of the biggest barriers to economic growth and prosperity in West Oxfordshire. 

Congestion impacts all road users, including public transport services that are unable to run to published timetables and causes inefficient use of fleet due to adding time into the timetable.

Improve public transport

The scheme offers the opportunity to significantly improve the reliability, frequency and variety of destinations in Oxford served by public transport.  We plan to do this by:

  • Providing a congestion free route for public transport on the A40 eastbound approach to Oxford
  • Encouraging people from using cars to public transport
  • Improving journey times and making them more reliable for public transport  along the A40

The current bus services have achieved a notable success in attracting people who are travelling from Witney and Carterton to Oxford city centre, but there is still considerable opportunity for increasing bus use for journeys to the rest of the city, such as the Headington hospitals.

Improvements in public transport service provision will encourage a transfer of trips from private transport to bus, thereby reducing overall congestion levels for all vehicles. They will also help to counter pollution on the A40 alongside Oxford Meadows, an internationally important wildlife site.

Improving the journey times along the A40 will also help to stimulate the areas of economic growth and innovation within Oxford and West Oxfordshire.

What we are proposing?

Increase the road capacity as well as improvements for public transport. 

Key changes

The key changes that will be brought about by this project are:

  • A park and ride for 500 cars (ability to expand to 1,000) to the north of the A40, located to the west of the A40/Cuckoo Lane junction at Eynsham
  • An eastbound bus lane between Eynsham Park and Ride and the Duke’s Cut canal bridge near Wolvercote
  • Sections of westbound bus priority on the approaches to Cassington traffic signals and Eynsham roundabout
  • Junction improvements along the A40 corridor between Eynsham Park and Ride and the Duke’s Cut canal bridge near Wolvercote
  • A two way cycle path located on the northern verge.

Road changes

Proposed closure to traffic of Horsemere Lane in Cassington, which has been made at the request of the Parish Council.

Public consultation

A public consultation was held between the 1 December 2016 and the 12 of January 2017, to receive views on the feasibility design of the proposed A40 Eynsham Park & Ride and Bus Lane scheme.

Reports and studies

If you require access to any of the following appendices or technical notes, please contact lts.team@oxfordshire.gov.uk


A – Highways baseline study
B – Bridge review
C – Utility baseline study
D – Ecology report
E – Tree survey
F – Heritage Statement
G – Geoenvironmental Study
H – Constraints plan

Technical Notes:

B – Hedgerows
C – Officer Responses Workshop
D – Westbound bus lane options
E – Bridge constraint options
F – Footbridges
G – Parapet Risk Assessment
H – Officer Responses Workshop
I – Preliminary Bus Lane Design
J – Road Safety Audit
K– Habitat Regulation Assessments

Last reviewed
20 April 2018
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