Several roads have been shut by Oxfordshire County Council as an annual fair is set to get underway.

The closures were proposed by the county council on October 12 following sponsorship from Cherwell District Council.

The roads have been closed in the interest of public safety as the Banbury Michaelmas Fair gets underway because the council feels “it is not practicable to hold the event off road”.

The traffic measures will be in force from 6am today (October 18) until 6am Saturday (October 22).

During this time period, vehicles will be prohibited from using:

  • Bridge Street - from its junction with the access road to the bus station, to its junction with High Street / Broad Street; and from The Tchure along the northern and eastern sides of the Town Hall to where it joins the main length of Bridge Street.
  • Market Place Road and Cornhill – for their its whole lengths;
  • High Street - from its junction with George Street (outside White Lion Walk) to its junction with Broad Street;
  • Broad Street - from its junction with High Street to its junction with George St.

During the road closures there are exemptions for emergency vehicles and on Broad Street vehicles will be allowed to load and unload at premises which can only be accessed from the road.

The existing one-way traffic restriction in Parsons Street and Butchers Row will also be temporarily suspended to allow use by two-way traffic.

The taxi ranks in Bridge Street and Horse Fair will also be moved temporarily to Broad Street and High Street.

The alternative traffic routes for the closure are:

Westbound: Cherwell Street, George Street, Broad Street, Marlborough Road, High Street, Horse Fair, North Bar Street, Castle Street;

Eastbound: Castle Street, North Bar Street, Horsefair, High Street, George Street, Cherwell Street

The Banbury Michaelmas Fair 2022 will take place from Wednesday (October 19) to Friday (October 21). 


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