Everything on this page is speculative because Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council are at the very early stages of devising a new road that they hope will eventually become
the southern ring road (although they have no plans for a northern ring road).
The route is currently no more than an idea. A pencil line across someone's map. It is not even mentioned in the current Local Transport Plan. No budget has been allocated and there are still many uncertainties. Consequently, this road is unlikely to be built before 2025, ten years or more away.
However many of the housing and business developments it is aimed to support WILL be delivered before that. Disjointed thinking? Again? We think so.
The diagram below was taken from page 21 (Appendix 3) of Cherwell District Council's 'Response to LTP4' (click to download the full
We have added the red line to clarify the position of the new route.
The route will commence on the A41, close to Wendlebury via a roundabout. It will then run towards the Graven Hill site crossing the by then fully operational East West Rail line. It
will then run across land adjacent to Langford Village joining the A4421 approximately where the current roundabout links with Gavray Drive.
Cherwell District Council already own the Graven Hill site having purchased it from the Ministry of Defence. The site includes a perimeter road, the foundations of which would be subsumed
into this new road. From our discussions, we understand that it is Cherwell's intention to purchase the intervening tracts of land required by compulsory purchase.
The road is likely to be of a similar design to Vendee Drive, e.g. not dual carriageway.