A £12.5M transport scheme has been unveiled for Headington amid fears that the roadworks will bring traffic to a standstill.

The “Access to Headington” scheme will cover an area including the B4495 from Cherwell Drive/Marsh Lane to Horspath Driftway and the Eastern Bypass, as well as Old Road.

Local residents will be asked their views on Oxfordshire County Council’s proposals from Friday during a series of consultation events.

The county council declined to release full details of the proposals but said they would include junction improvements, new cycle lanes and crossings, new pedestrian crossings, and new bus lanes.

Roads could be widened to accommodate new bus and cycle lanes. The plans also include changes to on-street parking, but the council did not say if this meant more parking restrictions.

County councillor for Churchill and Lye Valley Liz Brighouse said she had some concerns about the scheme.

She said: “Roadworks will have an enormous impact and a lot of people who live in this area have to get out to go to work because they do not work here.

“I would hope that things would be better after the work but my concerns would be whether roadworks actually improve things.”

Headington and Quarry councillor Roz Smith added: “There is a little bit of apprehension and disappointment. roadworks are always a concern but if it means the system gets safer, then that is good.”

The project will be funded by £8.2m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund and £4.3m from local developers.

Council spokeswoman Catarina Walsh said it would improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers, and would improve access to major employment sites in the area.

The first consultation will be held on Friday at St Anthony of Padua Church in Headley Way from 1pm-8pm.

The second will take place at New Marston Primary School in Copse Lane on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, followed by the third on Thursday, July 9, at Wood Farm School, Titup Hall Drive, from 1pm to 8pm.

The fourth will be held at St Andrew’s Primary School, London Road, on Saturday, July 11, from 10am to 4pm.

County council cabinet member for environment David Nimmo Smith said: “The funding will help us to make better use of an already busy road network in coming years with the emphasis on public transport, cycling and walking.”

The consultation can also be viewed online at consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk