Ground has been broken at the £51 million Eynsham park & ride in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire County Council and partners including from Balfour Beatty and Stagecoach West celebrated at the event at the site off the A40 eastbound carriageway. Clearance work began in October and construction is due to start in early January.

When complete there will be 850 parking spaces, round the clock security, cycle storage, public toilets and electric vehicle parking bays. The site will be open 24 hours a day.

Cllr Duncan Enright, cabinet member for travel and development strategy, said:“I’m really pleased to celebrate the impending start of construction with some of our key partners in this project.

“I’m looking forward to watching the Eynsham park and ride take shape over the next couple of years. Once complete it will encourage more people out of their cars and onto a more sustainable mode of transport – one of our brilliant buses.

“The park and ride is one part of wider improvements we have planned for the A40 and we are committed to improving people’s journeys along this crucial road.”

The park and ride is expected to be finished in early 2024 but won’t be open for use until late 2025, once various road and bus lane improvements are completed.

Image (l-r): Cllr Dan Levy (Oxfordshire County Council active travel champion and councillor for Eynsham division), Rachel Geliamassi (managing director, Stagecoach West), Cllr Duncan Enright (Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for travel and development strategy and councillor for Witney North & East division), Karen Coventry (commercial director, Stagecoach West) and Chris Hall, (portfolio director, Balfour Beatty).

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