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Railings behind bus shelter knocked/forced over

Reported in the Pavements category by Tina Brock, Clerk to Cumnor Parish Council at 08:46, Wed 19 September 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

The railings behind the bus shelter (Botley to Farmoor) have been forced/knocked over and nee reinstating.

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  • Thank you for your report, we are now investigating this issue and an update will be posted as soon as possible.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:56, Thu 20 September 2018

  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has already been noted and was passed onto the Minor Civils team for repair on 20/09/2018.

    Posted anonymously at 08:59, Thu 20 September 2018

  • Thank you for your report. I have, also, asked for a crew to make the site safe.

    Posted anonymously at 11:18, Thu 20 September 2018

  • The red cones that have been put around the railings have fallen over and some are in the road.

    Posted by Tina Brock, Clerk to Cumnor Parish Council at 09:02, Wed 17 October 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Thank you for your report. I have visited the site and tidied up the cones and barriers to make safe, see photo.

    Posted anonymously at 15:12, Tue 23 October 2018

  • I had the site made safe but after further investigation, have been informed that, we are not responsible for this bus shelter, that this is not part of the highway network that Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for maintaining at public expense. This is the responsibility of the District Council. You need to contact Vale of White Horse District Council. Web Address: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/ Tel: 01235 422422 (Text phone users add 18001 before you dial) Email : comments@whitehorsedc.gov.uk

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted anonymously at 15:56, Fri 1 February 2019

  • The bus shelter belongs to Cumnor Parish Council and is not the issue. Council had the company that installed the bus shelter check that it was safe after the accident had been reported. There were railings behind the shelter and I presume that these were taken away by OCC and not replaced. The railings were there prior to the bus shelter being installed by Cumnor Parish Council in November 2016. Will these railings be reinstated?

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Tina Brock, Clerk to Cumnor Parish Council at 08:33, Mon 4 February 2019

  • Thank you for your report. I have visited the site and found that the railings and bus stop sign are in the ditch behind the bus shelter, see photos.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted anonymously at 13:38, Mon 4 February 2019

  • Thank you for your enquiry. I have reopened this report as, after further enquiries, it appears, only the bus shelter is the Parish Councils responsibility but the safety railings are the County Councils responsibility. This issue has been passed back the Minor Civils team for repair.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 08:20, Wed 27 March 2019

  • This problem has not been fixed. The area round the bus stop is not safe. Users are only protected from falling into the ditch by loose bollards. The railings should be replaced. This situation has gone on too long it is embarrassing.

    In addition, directly in front of the bus stop is a hollow in the road which in the wet fills with a puddle 2m long by 1.2 m wide. When car's splash through this puddle they soak bus users making the bus stop unusable unless you wish to be drenched.

    The solar powered light in the bus shelter is inadequate in this very dark part of Eynsham Road and it Is frightening and dangerous for users crossing the road in the dark with traffic passing at 50mph. This is a well used bus stop serving both Oaken Holt and Parkside residents and staff.

    Ideally the ditch should be filled in and. The bus stop set further back to allow users a safer space between them and the carriageway.

    Posted anonymously at 12:12, Sunday 12 January 2020

  • I have had no response to my update

    Posted anonymously at 18:34, Thursday 16 January 2020

  • The Engineer responsible for the re-construction of the bus stop site has replied to your report update with:

    Regarding your comment "The railings should be replaced. This situation has gone on too long it is embarrassing."

    "Repairs to the collapsed barriers are on the list of works to be carried out, but is proving more problematic than first thought. Stabilisation of the verge/ditch is required before any repairs take place."

    And

    "I am presently trying to arrange a visit with one of our contractor supervisors to arrange repairs to the existing barriers as well as installing a dropped kerbed area of hardstanding to the eastern end to aid disabled access in advance of any long term improvements/repairs. In the interim I will ask the Highway Officer to ensure that the safety barriers are kept in position."

    Regarding your comments "Ideally the ditch should be filled in and. The bus stop set further back to allow users a safer space between them and the carriageway.”

    "I understand that a request for a larger bus shelter is being asked for – this will require major works to the ditch [piping etc] to allow this to be set further back from the carriageway, which would require permissions from the riparian owner as well as from the land drainage authority [VWHDC]"

    Regarding your comment "The solar powered light in the bus shelter is inadequate in this very dark part of Eynsham Road"

    Cumnor Parish Council is responsible for the bus shelter. They have agreed to a larger bus shelter. You should contact them with your request for a more powerful light within the bus shelter. In reply to your comment "directly in front of the bus stop is a hollow in the road which in the wet fills with a puddle 2m long by 1.2 m wide."

    Due to budgetary constraints and the fact that this hollow, unfortunately, doesn't meet our current intervention criteria I cannot arrange a repair. We will continue to monitor this during our routine inspections.

    Posted anonymously at 09:10, Friday 17 January 2020

  • Thank you for an update which suggested that a larger bus shelter would need the ditch filling in with permission from the riparian owner. The space in front of the bus shelter is too narrow to protect users beside this fast road. The ditch should be filled in and the bus shelter moved back to provide a safer space, whether or not a larger shelter is provided.

    Posted anonymously at 15:59, Friday 17 January 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Your request was forwarded to the team responsible for this decision. Their reply is: "Whilst your concerns are noted any work to this existing bus stop/shelter is restricted to staying within the highway boundary (i.e. the front edge of the ditch). If the Parish Council wish to support the request for a large bus shelter and relocation then they would need to pursue the idea of piping the ditch with the adjacent owner etc and then deal with the Bus Infrastructure Officer from the Traffic Schemes South Team as per usual requests for bus shelters, though this would also mean siting any new structure on “private land.” Repair to the existing barrier is presently being planned."

    Posted anonymously at 08:26, Thursday 30 January 2020

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