Boundary road options for Bicester on display at exhibition

Consultation has started on a perimeter road connecting the A41 and Graven Hill
Consultation has started on a perimeter road connecting the A41 and Graven Hill
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Plans for a new perimeter road to the south east of Bicester are currently on display.

Oxon County Council (OCC) is consulting on two options for a road to connect the A41 to the north of Junction Nine of the M40 to Graven Hill.

An exhibition of plans is starting today, Thursday, at The Lion on Wendlebury Road, in Wendlebury, from 2.30pm to 8pm.

It continues tomorrow, Friday, from noon to 7pm, at the Littlebury Hotel and on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, at John Paul II Centre, on Causeway.

The new road is expected to support employment and housing growth in the town.

The two routes up for discussion are a northern alignment connecting from the existing Vendee Drive roundabout and a southern alignment closer to the village of Wendlebury.

Both options would connect to a ‘safeguarded’ section, a corridor that has been set aside for a new road, to the south of Graven Hill.

In the first option, the route corridor is constrained by a scheduled monument and an ancient Roman parade ground, which doesn’t have any protective designation.

The route also has to take into account an area of flood plain and Bicester Wetland Reserve. It also needs to bridge the railway while avoiding Ministry of Defence railway sidings to the north.

To address this, option one will either see the construction of two rail bridges (option 1a) or a 60-metre single structure to cross the Network Rail dual-track mainline and the Ministry of Defence spur line (option 1b). Both options include a new bridge over the River Bure.

Both options 1a and 1b will run through the Bicester Wetland Reserve.

Option two includes a new rail bridge over MoD land, the upgrading of the current bridge over the Network Rail mainline and a new river bridge to the west of Graven Hill.

Over 1km of the road will need to be elevated above the flood level and will require embankments across the flood plain.

The consultation ends on December 18 and the preferred alignment will be included in the Cherwell Local Plan.

Copies of the consultation form will be available at the exhibition or people can respond online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/PerimeterRoadBicester. You can also write to Perimeter Road Bicester, FREEPOST, OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL or email lts.team@oxfordshire.gov.uk.