Transport is a key issue in Bicester and improvements to local transport networks are crucial to ensure that people are able to move easily as the town grows. The Bicester Area Transport Strategy sets out the plans for the entire transport network within Bicester. Central to this is work to update public transport and sustainable travel networks in order to reduce congestion caused by journeys made by car.
Roads are being improved between residential areas and local employment areas, so that it will be easier for local people to get to their jobs and in and out of the town. Improvements will also be made to the routes around Bicester so that through traffic can be kept out of the town to reduce congestion in the centre.
Bicester’s rail connections are being improved, starting with upgrading the line between Oxford and Bicester, and a direct connection to London from Bicester Village Station, which opened in October 2015. The next stage will connect Bicester with Milton Keynes, Bletchley and Bedford to the north and Didcot and Reading to the south.
A new park and ride site in Bicester at Kingsmere, off the A41 at Vendee Drive, opened in November 2015. The site provides 580 spaces and has been built to help tackle congestion. Use of the park and ride site is free of charge and will be served daily by the Stagecoach S5 service, offering direct links to Bicester and Oxford.
Oxfordshire County Council is considering new cycle schemes proposed in the Bicester Sustainable Transport Strategy. Buckingham Road has been prioritised as the first of the cycle improvements to be progressed and will include a shared use facility for pedestrians and cyclists. A cycle improvement scheme is also being investigated for Middleton Stoney Road.