Works to improve access to Banbury Station

Commuters, residents, and businesses in Banbury can have their say from today (16 November) on proposed improvement works at Tramway Road, near Banbury Station, until 14 December 2021.

Oxfordshire County Council has today launched a consultation to gather views on plans to improve the road layout and facilities around Banbury Station – and ultimately access to the station – for cyclists, pedestrians and those using public transport. The aim is to improve journey times for buses, taxis, pedestrians and cyclists, connectivity between southern Banbury and Banbury town centre and reduce congestion from the A4260/Bridge Street junction, improving air quality.

Councillor Duncan Enright, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy, said: “Banbury residents rightly demand better ways to get around on foot, by bike or scooter, or on buses and taxis. We all want to see the train station better used and improved. An improved link between Banbury’s great town centre to the railway station will provide a platform for regeneration of Oxfordshire’s largest town. The proposed works will make buses link better with trains, as well as improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. The Tramway Road improvements will mean better bus connectivity from the south of Banbury to the town centre and make it easier for Banbury residents to make walking, cycling, catching a bus, getting a taxi, or taking a train part of their daily routine.”

Proposals include:

  • Extending Tramway Road to Station Approach.
  • Providing a pedestrian, cycle, bus and taxi only connection between Bridge Street and Tramway Road via Banbury Station.
  • Improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists by providing a new footway and cycleway from Tramway Road to the station forecourt.
  • Adding new bus stops at the station and an additional car passenger drop off and collection facility on Tramway Road.
  • Providing new vehicle access to the station surface car park via Tramway Road.
  • Improving access to the western station car park from the south of the town.

The improvement work is part of the wider regeneration of Banbury and has been designed to support the Cherwell Local Plan , Banbury Vision and Masterplan SPDLocal Transport Plan, and the emerging Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

The county council held a public consultation in early 2020 to gather initial feedback on the scheme. The revised proposals have been prepared using feedback from the previous consultation.

Following this second public consultation on the revised proposals, a planning submission will be made in winter 2021. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2022.

People can take part in the consultation by visiting https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/banburystation

For more information about this release contact the Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council communications team on 01865 323870 or email press.office@oxfordshire.gov.uk