Rise in new homes may lead to earlier upgrade of busy B road

Oxford Mail: Council cabinet member for environment David Nimmo-Smith Council cabinet member for environment David Nimmo-Smith

MOTORISTS could soon be enjoying a widened and improved road between Carterton and Witney.

Oxfordshire County Council wants to upgrade the B4477 between Carterton and Minster Lovell to an A-road and add more slip roads at its junction with the A40. It is in response to an expected increase in traffic caused by new developments around the town.

And council cabinet member for environment David Nimmo-Smith revealed the authority was in talks with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) about a possible financial contribution to the project.

Mr Nimmo-Smith said: “A lot more housing is planned for the area now, so there is going to be a higher demand on that road and its junction with the A40.

“Because of that, it has moved up the council’s list of priorities and the MOD wants to see it upgraded as well, to make it easier for military vehicles to travel in the area.

“I am much more optimistic about it than I have previously been.”

In the last year, proposals have been announced for almost 2,000 homes to be built to the north, east and west of Carterton.

So far just 250 of those, to the north around Swinbrook Road, have gained approval.

The county council, which is responsible for highways, said in its latest Carterton area strategy it wanted to invest in the town’s infrastructure to support expected rises in population.

Town council mayor Lynn Little said the work was a priority for the town.

She said: “It is good to hear the county council has finally recognised that Carterton needs this upgrade.

“Anyone can see it has changed and yet at the moment we are stuck with B-roads.”

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence was asked for comment but failed to respond in time.

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7:45am Sat 31 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Yes, it's truly a miracle that funding might be 'found' by Oxforshire County Council to upgrade and update this important stretch of highway. Presumably the Co-op and national supermarkets eyeing-up the potential for copious numbers of new 'inconvenience-price
d' shops on every corner will be encouraged to cough-up, together with NATO, the EU, and any members of the Royal Family who may live close to the main road. Another source of funding might be found if Mr Nimmo-Smith applied for grant funding from the County Council itself, which would offer the potential saving of being an inter-department transaction between internal cost-centres, in true 'Yes Minister' irony!
Yes, it's truly a miracle that funding might be 'found' by Oxforshire County Council to upgrade and update this important stretch of highway. Presumably the Co-op and national supermarkets eyeing-up the potential for copious numbers of new 'inconvenience-price d' shops on every corner will be encouraged to cough-up, together with NATO, the EU, and any members of the Royal Family who may live close to the main road. Another source of funding might be found if Mr Nimmo-Smith applied for grant funding from the County Council itself, which would offer the potential saving of being an inter-department transaction between internal cost-centres, in true 'Yes Minister' irony! Myron Blatz
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9:26am Sat 31 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

In the meantime, various "Activist" groups will be preparing to campaign aganst the upgrading of the road.

If anything the road should be improved to help people reach a new railway station at Carterton...
In the meantime, various "Activist" groups will be preparing to campaign aganst the upgrading of the road. If anything the road should be improved to help people reach a new railway station at Carterton... Andrew:Oxford
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9:59am Sat 31 May 14

West Oxon Webwatcher says...

So what will be the result? It is easy to predict. The A40 which is at present very congested and down to a bumper to bumber crawl from Wolvercote to Barnard Gate,will be backed up even further along the Witney By-pass as more and more traffic tries to use the A40. There are no publicly announced schemes to relieve the A40 apart from the ludicrous link road from just west of the A34 underpass taking traffic to the A44. This road is said to enable traffic heading to Peartree P & R to miss the Wolvercote roundabout but instead it will add to the queue from the A44 into Oxford. It is also said to help traffic head for the A44 north and the M40 but traffic will not queue for half an hour or more on the A40 when instead more traffic will use the A4095 increasing congestion in Hanborough and Bladon. To add to the congestion the Shores Green project will make it easier for traffic from the west to avoid Witney encouraging even more A4095 traffic and the proposed A40 slip roads from Downs Road in Witney onto the A40 will add even more traffic from the major new housing developments. It is traffic planning gone mad!
So what will be the result? It is easy to predict. The A40 which is at present very congested and down to a bumper to bumber crawl from Wolvercote to Barnard Gate,will be backed up even further along the Witney By-pass as more and more traffic tries to use the A40. There are no publicly announced schemes to relieve the A40 apart from the ludicrous link road from just west of the A34 underpass taking traffic to the A44. This road is said to enable traffic heading to Peartree P & R to miss the Wolvercote roundabout but instead it will add to the queue from the A44 into Oxford. It is also said to help traffic head for the A44 north and the M40 but traffic will not queue for half an hour or more on the A40 when instead more traffic will use the A4095 increasing congestion in Hanborough and Bladon. To add to the congestion the Shores Green project will make it easier for traffic from the west to avoid Witney encouraging even more A4095 traffic and the proposed A40 slip roads from Downs Road in Witney onto the A40 will add even more traffic from the major new housing developments. It is traffic planning gone mad! West Oxon Webwatcher
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12:03pm Sat 31 May 14

the wizard says...

Surely the road from Curbridge to Brize Norton should also benefit from some sort of upgrade as well and the addition of a dedicated cycle track to make things safer for both cyclists and drivers along this very busy road, where cyclists are often hidden from drivers by the undulating nature of the road and its high hedgerows, also compounded by the odd muppet on a bike who chooses not to maintain their lights and wear hi viz. .
Surely the road from Curbridge to Brize Norton should also benefit from some sort of upgrade as well and the addition of a dedicated cycle track to make things safer for both cyclists and drivers along this very busy road, where cyclists are often hidden from drivers by the undulating nature of the road and its high hedgerows, also compounded by the odd muppet on a bike who chooses not to maintain their lights and wear hi viz. . the wizard
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10:00pm Sat 31 May 14

Patrick, Devon says...

This upgrade should incorporate provision for a Carterton-Witney-Oxf
ord tramway. Look at the progress in local transport being made on the continent. In comparison this country is third world.
This upgrade should incorporate provision for a Carterton-Witney-Oxf ord tramway. Look at the progress in local transport being made on the continent. In comparison this country is third world. Patrick, Devon
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