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M40 junction can cope with Gateway say planners

General view of the M40 motorway heading towards Banbury.  Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140429-173930009

General view of the M40 motorway heading towards Banbury. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140429-173930009

No improvements are planned for junction 11 of the M40 despite plans for the out-of-town Banbury Gateway retail development, which will have parking spaces for 600 cars.

The Highways Agency began a £6.8 million scheme to improve junction nine of the motorway where it joins the A34 on Monday and there are plans to significantly upgrade junction 12 from spring 2015 at a cost of £10 million – but the Highways Agency confirmed on Tuesday no improvements will be made at junction 11.

Cherwell District Council has liaised with the Highways Agency over the potential impact of Gateway since it approved the scheme in March 2012, but on Tuesday a Highways Agency spokesperson said: “The Highways Agency has reviewed the application and, following discussions with the developers, consultants have concluded that there would not be a material impact from the Gateway development on junction 11 of the M40.”

However a traffic assessment completed by Highways in 2012 recommended CCTV be installed at the junction of Daventry Road/Wildmere Road to monitor traffic signals at the junction once the park is built. It also called for minor improvements to the Ermont Way roundabout at the A422 to increase its capacity.

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