Oxford Ring Road

Oxford Ring Road
Oxford Ring Road
Woodstock Road
A34 North, A44
A4144 (Woodstock Road South), A40 West
A4165 (Banbury Road)
B4150 (Marsh Lane), Marston
A40 East, A420, Headington, (Headington Roundabout)
Kiln Lane, Beaumont Road
Horspath Driftway
Horspath Road
B480 (Garsington Road)
Sandy Lane West (Clockwise Access Only)
A4158 (Littlemore Roundabout)
A4074, Superstore
A4144 (Kennington Roundabout)
Kennington Road (Clockwise Access Only)
Abingdon Road (Anti-Clockwise Access Only)
A34 South, Hinksey Hill
South Hinksey
Westminster Way (Clockwise Access Only), North Hinksey Lane (Anti-Clockwise Access Only)
Stanley Close (Anti-Clockwise Access Only)
A420, (Botley Interchange)
Unnumbered Road to Wytham (Clockwise Access Only)

The Oxford ring road is a ring road around the city of Oxford, England. It is a dual carriageway for most of its length apart from a short section to the North between the Woodstock and Banbury Roads.

To the West and North the road is part of the A34. To the East and North-East it is part of the A40. To the South-East, it becomes the A4142. For a short stretch to the South it is part of the A423, something of an anomaly since the renumbering of the rest of the A423 south of Banbury when the M40 motorway was opened.


The first section of the Oxford ring road was built from Headington to Banbury Road in the mid-1930s and is now part of the A40.

In 1938 the southern by-pass was opened from the bottom of Hinksey Hill to Botley. The road was known as the "road to nowhere" and little used at that time. In 1962 it was extended north by a new bridge over the River Thames to Wolvercote, and the southern and western by-pass then became part of the A34. It was dualled in 1973.

The eastern section between Headington and Rose Hill was opened in 1959. The southern section between Hinksey Hill and Heyford Hill, including the new Isis Bridge over the River Thames, was opened in 1965. The ring road was completed when the short section between Rose Hill and Heyford Hill was opened in 1966.


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Coordinates: 51°47′04″N 1°15′02″W / 51.7844°N 1.2505°W / 51.7844; -1.2505

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