WORK is about to start on Oxford’s third ‘hamburger’ style roundabout with drivers being warned they face delays while the scheme is completed.
Oxfordshire County Council is investing more than £6m of City Deal funding to revamp the Kennington roundabout as well as improving the traffic-flow at Hinksey Hill interchange, plus the refurbishment of four bridges between Heyford Hill and Hinksey Hill.
Work will begin on Monday, after the project was initially held up by Thames Water diverting a water main.
The scheme is due to be completed by the end of November, which means work could clash with a £5m scheme to redesign Frideswide Square, due to start in the autumn.
About 60,000 vehicles use the two roundabouts every day and the aim is to increase capacity by 30 per cent during the evening rush hour.
David Nimmo Smith, the council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “All road users, residents and businesses using roads around the south of Oxford are likely to be affected by this work.
“However, the improvement will bring major benefits to the flow of traffic to this congested part of the city.
“Traffic will be able to travel through the area during the work, and businesses will be open as usual.
“However, drivers are advised to plan their journeys in advance to take account of delays.”