West Bar resurfacing will be a full new road covering

West Bar in Banbury is full of potholes
West Bar in Banbury is full of potholes

Highways bosses have confirmed that long-standing damage to the surface of West Bar Street, Banbury will be fully repaired in October.

Hopes had been high that the resurfacing had been brought forward to August but road engineers have elected to get the job done during half term in October so disruption is kept to a minimum.

The vehicle and pedestrian traffic coming and going from Banbury and Bicester College in Broughton Road is one of the considerations.

Oxfordshire County Council spokesman Dominic Llewellyn-Jones said: “The work along West Bar Street between Beargarden Road and Banbury Cross was always scheduled for October.

“Due to the proximity of the college, carrying out the work during the half-term holiday means disruption will be at a minimum. The road is due to be planed and resurfaced.”

Mr Llewellyn-Jones confirmed that resurfacing the pothole-ridden road will cover the entire width of the street.

Cllr Mark Cherry, who took up the matter after complaints from Banbury Guardian readers, said: “I’ve been determined to get West Bar resurfaced. My efforts have included involving the press with the ‘surface of the moon’ article in the Banbury Guardian which got things moving and interaction with cabinet member for highways, Cllr David Nimmo, who went to look at it for himself and saw patching was not the answer.”