New ‘Vendee Drive’ takes the traffic strain

The opening of the new perimeter road at Bicester's Kingsmere estate.First on the road on their bikes were John and Ruby Vinall of Bicester.'120424M-A079
The opening of the new perimeter road at Bicester's Kingsmere estate.First on the road on their bikes were John and Ruby Vinall of Bicester.'120424M-A079

A NEW congestion-busting route from the A41 to the Middleton Stoney road in Bicester opened on Tuesday this week.

The new perimeter road through the Kingsmere development has been named Vendee Drive in honour of Bicester’s 20-year twinning link with Canton des Essarts in the Vendee region of France.

The mile-long road circles the new development and lets traffic access Howes Lane from the A41, effectively extending Bicester’s ringroad to the west.

Oxfordshire County Council leader Keith Mitchell CBE, said: “Big things are really starting to happen in Bicester and this new road will be a great benefit for the town both now and in the future.

“In particular I look forward to the positive impact this key transport link promises to make on some of Bicester’s well-documented traffic problems.”

Two new roundabouts have been constructed at either end, and sections of old highway are being turned into a public footpath and cycleway. Two existing public rights of way have been given hard surfaces.