OCC A40 Programme - public engagement

As per our recent updates we have a public engagement event commencing today on two of the A40 projects notably:

We welcome all Parish Councils' feedback on the proposals.

Alongside the engagement event we have also relaunched the A40 webpages where updates on the progress of the A40 Programme will be regularly posted as the schemes progress towards and through construction.

Tom Shuttleworth
A40 Programme Lead - A40 Programme

Major Infrastructure Capital Programme
Environment & Place Directorate

Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall, Oxford OX1 1DJ
  07908 059132

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Public Zoom meeting ~ Tuesday, 20th April at 7:30pm ~ To discuss the proposed Shores Green / A40 & Barnard Gate alterations

As statutory consultees your Parish Council (PC) has been given advanced warning of this proposal - see more details below.

We would like to consult with as many parishioners as possible on these early proposals from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) to take an initial sounding of the reaction of the Parish and to begin the compilation of a schedule of requests for additional information and proposals for mitigation and improvement of the scheme.

Our intention is to submit our response to OCC as soon as convenient after the public meeting. However, you should be aware that thereafter there will be a general public consultation beginning in May and the projected date for the planning submission is not forecast until October 2021 with the anticipated planning decision not being made until April 2022. Obviously, up until the point that a final decision is made, it will be perfectly right and proper for your PC to make further and additional representations on any aspect of the scheme. Bear in mind especially that during the course of the consultation and submissions, further reports will be produced which will require additional consideration and scrutiny. Whilst the PC wishes to represent the views of the Parish, there is nothing it can do or say that will in any way limit the ability of any individual parishioner to make his or her own representations.

Whilst we hope that the views of the PC, never mind those of the parishioners, would be respected by the OCC, you will appreciate that the implementation of the scheme is a matter for the OCC and your PC has no control of the scheme whatsoever. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can't apply a suitable amount of pressure to have our voice heard.

Nicky Brooks     01993 701137 or    nickybrooks@southleigh.info

A40 corridor improvements and improving access to Witney (Shores Green)

These notes are from a meeting held with OCC on Wednesday, 31st March 2021 with regard to the above and reference is made to the presentation made by them and which is reproduced below.

Pages 2 & 3 show the whole scheme - the portion between Eynsham and Oxford - has been handled under a separate consultation which has now concluded.

Page 4 shows how the scheme includes the new housing development in Witney and the target to reduce the traffic in the air quality management area and is explained further by page 5.

Pages 5, 6 & 7 show how the different options have been assessed by the OCC - they are now undertaking Stage 2 - and then the assessment criteria they use.

We are aware of the options that OCC have been assessing and have asked for the details of how each one scored.

Page 8 shows the various options.

Page 9 shows the shortlisted options.

Pages 10 & 11 show the pros and cons of the shortlisted options against the criteria.

Page 12 shows OCC’s traffic modelling results - again we have asked for the figures.

Page 13 concerns, predictions & considerations.

Page 14 next steps / timetable.

Page 15 moves on to the extension of the dual carriageway from where it currently ends by Salutation Farm to the new Eynsham Park and Ride (just to the north-west of the existing Eynsham roundabout). You will see that this not only includes a new roundabout at the Barnard Gate Crossing but also re-routes the road from the A40 to the village through Green Farm to some extent.

Some land will be taken from the fields to the south of the current A40.

At the meeting held between the Parish Council and OCC, it was requested and agreed, that OCC would record the meeting and a copy would be available for us to publish. Unfortunately at the moment, they are expressing concern about data protection issues. We will be following this up and making sure that a transcript is made available - we need to have a record of both our questions and, more importantly, their answers.

You will see that they are suggesting traffic lights on the Shores Green junction. OCC say this is because the traffic flow comes from four directions but that most traffic is going onto the A40. OCC also say that their modelling shows the traffic will build up on the slip roads if there is a roundabout whilst traffic lights gives all traffic an equal chance.

Our focus, therefore, is to drill down into OCC’s studies so that we fully understand their models and know what we are dealing with.

The Barnard Gate junction is also of concern… if traffic builds up there in rush hour, people will just cut through the village from that point. On both junctions there is an issue of cycling and safe access points. There is a suggestion that a new cycle path to Witney from Shores Green be built into the plans to give access to both East Witney (Cogges) and Witney town centre via a path that is separate from Oxford Hill and removes the need to go up that hill.

A consideration may be that we ask for the Barnard Gate road through the village be closed off - possibly changed to cycle access only. Access to either direction on the A40 will be provided by the Shores Green junction and therefore possibly negates the need for access to the A40 along the Barnard Gate / Green Farm road.

Finally we are concerned with the order of works over the whole scheme. We want to ensure that they are done in a way that causes the least amount of traffic to cut through the village.

This is the beginning of the consultation. Your views are obviously important to us and I very much hope that you let us know what your initial feelings are. I imagine that we will be calling a public meeting in the near future. My suggestion is that we include it as part of the AGM which will be held in May.

Nicky Brooks     01993 701137 or    nickybrooks@southleigh.info

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An Oxford Mail story about Shores Green, published on 7th April, 2021, can be read here.

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New consultation on 4-way junction at Shores Green, dualling of the A40 and new roundabout at Barnard Gate.

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