Relief Road Construction News – 24th April 2020

Fusion JV are continuing with the Relief Road construction and are now coming to the final connection works to join the new road to the old A361 carriageway.  Unfortunately this will mean a period of prolonged weekend closures over the next couple of months whilst this is carried out.

24th – 27th April will see the first Southern Tie-in works after which the road will be re-opened with traffic on the new road and hopefully the closure of Appletree Road to through traffic.  This may be delayed if things don’t go well till the next weekend but whenever it finally happens it will be long overdue relief for the residents.

The next closure is scheduled for 15th -18th May to apply the surface coat to the new roadway and finally the Southern end will be completed on 22nd-25th May.  Work can then start on the Allens Orchard balancing pond.

The Northern end tie-in will be happen later and the A361 is planned to be closed 29th May-1st June north of the village

Traffic will still be using the A361 through the village till the new road if fully reopened in August.

Once again rumours are circulating that “the northern roundabouts have been found to be too small and will have to be ripped up and done again”  I have no idea how these get started.

The Fusion Project Manager’s exasperated answer is “The roundabout is not being changed.”

Additionally, Oxfordshire County Council Highways are planning to close the A361 between Williamscot and Wardington on Sat 2nd May for resurfacing.

Nigel Galletly – Parish Council Chairman – 01295 660365