Town centre redevelopment

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A new development built in Bicester town centre and opened on 10 July 2013 brings exciting new additions to the town, including:

  • a seven-screen digital cinema
  • a large Sainsbury’s supermarket
  • a range of shops and restaurants
  • a new civic building which will include a district and town council customer service centre plus a library - planned for completion 2014
  • improved transport facilities, including a car park with more than 500 spaces and new bus lay-bys
  • new Shopmobility service

The multi-million pound development is a partnership between Sainbury’s, Stockdale Land and Cherwell District Council.

Road improvements 

The recently completed Bicester town centre access improvements scheme has provided many benefits for pedestrians and cyclists. The closure of North Street/Roman Way from the Buckingham Road/Banbury Road roundabout has created a useful ‘cut-through’ for those on foot and by bike, an area of Bicester previously cited as being a deterrent to those wishing to walk and cycle. This, in turn, has transformed North Street into a quiet residential road providing cyclists, in particular, with safe, quiet and direct access to the town centre. 

Raised tables and additional crossings on St John’s Street have enhanced the pedestrian environment even further helping to encourage more sustainable modes of travel within Bicester whist keeping the traffic flowing.

Ongoing

Further highway improvements are planned to reduce congestion in the town.  Information on this can be found in the Bicester Area Transport Strategy.  Future expansion is likely to bring Bicester Town railway station into the town centre to ensure it benefits from the proposed East West Rail Link connecting Oxford and Bicester via Bicester and Milton Keynes.