THE £300,000 improvement works on the A40 have been finished this weekend.

Oxfordshire County Council said at the weekend it was putting the finishing touches to the major project which has seen a number of repair and improvements made to the busy stretch.

The works to resurface a stretch of the A40, between Cuckoo Lane, Eynsham, to Shores Green in Witney, were carried out on week nights after starting on Monday, July 23.

There were closures in place through last week each night from 8pm to 6am, but the road is now expected to open fully.

Improvements were provided by Oxfordshire County Council after much criticism of the surface of the A40 near Barnard Gate, with one driver reporting on website 'Fix My Street' that cars were forced to 'slalom' to avoid potholes.

The well-used stretch of road is believed to have now been completely resurfaced and various other improvements works have been made during the week.

Oxfordshire County Council said ‘good progress’ was made each night of the works and expected the team to complete the work on the Barnard Gate junction on Friday, July 27.

A tweet from the area's MP, Robert Courts, praised the Oxfordshire County Council highways team for the improvements and said ‘well done for their hard work’.

The works were carried out to help improve safety and cut congestion on the A40 which faces daily traffic queues and problems for road users.

Oxfordshire County Council said its long term strategy for the A40 is to review the carriageway for all modes of transport.

It will also look into the possibility of providing a bus lane heading westbound along the A40.