ONE of Oxfordshire’s busiest roads will be part-closed for overnight surfacing next week - just days after the previous set of improvements were completed.

From Monday, a section of the A40 will close between the Brize Norton Road junction and the Ducklington Lane junction to allow final surfacing of the new junction at Witney.

The closure will last for five nights between 8pm and 5am.

Work will be completed by Breheny Civil Engineering, which has been contracted to carry out highway works to facilitate a new development in West Witney.

Oxfordshire County Council finished resurfacing a 1.1km stretch of the A40 less than a week ago in work costing £300,000.

Diversions were in place each night between Cuckoo Lane, Eynsham, and Shores Green, in Witney as repairs and improvements were made to the busy stretch.

Work was carried out to help improve safety and cut congestion on the A40, which faces daily traffic queues and problems for road users.

The road is used by more than 30,000 vehicles every day, but drivers have criticised certain stretches of its surface in recent months.

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 to reduce the number of cars using the busy road.

The A40 is provisionally included in the government’s Major Road Network plan, which would give the county council funding to provide upgrades and enhancements.