|From: || Peartree, Oxford (SP492111) |
|To: || Banbury (SP459416) |
|Distance: || 20.6 miles (33.2 km)|
|Meets: || A44, A4165, A4095, B4027, B4030, B4031, B4100, A422 |
|Former Number(s): || A43, A423, A41|
|Route outline (key)|
The A4260 is a medium-length A-road in north Oxfordshire. The majority of the road was for many years part of the A423; it gained its current number in the 1990s when that road was downgraded following the completion of the M40. As befits its old raison d'être as a major through route the road is high-quality with the occasional bypassed corner.
Having said that, the southernmost part of the A4260 runs along a short section of the A43. Starting on the A44 (former A34) in Peartree, to the north of Oxford, the road heads northeast along the D2 Frieze Way. At the next roundabout on the southern edge of Kidlington the old A423 comes in from the right in the guise of the A4165 and the A4260 now turns left onto its alignment. The road heads north through Kidlington along Oxford Road, which initially has service roads either side for housing; Banbury Road, on the other side of town, is similar.
We reenter open country by going over the Birmingham to Oxford railway line and the Oxford Canal. there's then a turn to the left at traffic lights for (London) Oxford Airport. We run between the airport and the canal for a mile or so before bypassing Shipton-on-Cherwell and then meeting the A4095 which multiplexes with us for a short distance.
Heading south from Deddington
Soon we're crossed by the B4027 and then we run along the top of a ridge between the River Dorn, to the west, and River Cherwell, to the east. We pass an isolated pub called Sturdy's Castle and then meet no more buildings for a few more miles until we meet the B4030. We then climb to a stretch of dual carriageway lasting about a mile; it's fairly obvious that the road was dualled simply by adding a second parallel carriageway to carry southbound traffic. The road then becomes S2 again and we descend to cross a few streams and reach the village of Deddington.
We pass to the west of the village centre, with the B4031 crossing at traffic lights to lead there, and soon reach the open fields once more. We then go over a ridge, with a cutting in the summit to lessen the gradient, before crossing the River Swere to enter Adderbury. We run through the eastern side of the village and meet the B4100 at traffic lights. This road is the original A41 and so we now take on that road's old route (the A423 continued as the junior partner in a multiplex).
There's a brief rural section before we reach the southern edge of Banbury and enter town along Oxford Road. There's an unexpected GSJ with an unclassified road serving the eastern suburbs, which must be one of very few GSJs where both roads are S2. We continue north as a distributor, passing between the residential areas rather than through them, although we are lined with houses eventually.
After passing the hospital we TOTSO right; the former A41 continues ahead, now numbered B4100. We move onto the eastern bypass of the town centre and descend to pass through a shopping area with office space. We cross the River Cherwell and the Oxford Canal before running alongside the Birmingham to Oxford railway line for the remainder of the route. There's a park to our left before we end at a roundabout on the A422 on the northern side of town.