THE first phase of a 23-month long infrastructure improvement programme across Headington is now coming to an end, and phase two is now just weeks away.

Oxfordshire County Council’s £12.5m Access to Headington project was first started in October and aims to improve the access routes to and from the area.

So far contractors have upgraded and added cycleways, laid new road surface layers and installed new road markings among other improvements.

The works have been controversial with motorists reporting lengthy delays as a result of the works at its central point near to the Churchill Hospital.

Now, phase one is ‘largely complete’ according to the county council and the second phase will begin at The Slade ‘by late March.’

County council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “Having recently completed work at the junction of Old Road- Roosevelt Drive- Warneford Lane and Gipsy Lane, in April the next phase of works will begin on The Slade, between Old Road and the mini roundabout at the junction of Hollow Way and Horspath Driftway.

“This section of work will take approximately 26 weeks to complete. The exact start date is still to be confirmed and graphics for the exhibition are in the process of being drawn up.”

A public exhibition will be held at the Bullingdon Community Centre on Thursday March 23 between 2pm and 6pm.

At the exhibition there will be an opportunity to speak to the county council and contractors about phase two.

Drawings and plans for the work will also be put up on display at the exhibition.