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Obscured and Inadequate signage

Reported in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category anonymously at 13:18, Thu 1 November 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

The 30mph sign at the top of Hill Road is obscured by bushes .... and there are no repeater signs all along Hill Rd. The SLOW markings have been almost entirely worn away. Cyclists And Motorists regularly speed down the hill and the base of the hill has loose chippings which reduce traction. Immediately at the base of the hill, the Ridgeway crosses the road and there are regular walkers, children, horse riders and cyclists that cross immediately after the blind down-hill bend. Cyclists coming up the hill slow dramatically at the same point and there are often cars emerging from the ridgeway parking - unable to see either up or down hill. Walkers also frequently walk up the hill on the road.

There already have been accidents at this point and it is only a matter of time before there is a major incident.

The 30 mph sign needs to be made visible, ideally with a light, Repeaters need to be mounted along the road in both directions, Sightlines need to be cleared of vegetation and warnings need to be placed on both the Ridgeway and on Hill Road to notify drivers of the danger of crossing pedestrians, cycles and horses. It may also be useful to have reflective sharp bend arrows at the base of the hill to alert drivers and cyclists coming downhill at speed.

Council ref: ENQ18818808

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:20, Thu 1 November 2018

  • Thank you for your report. Hill Road has a 30mph speed restriction because it has 'restricted road' status due to the presence of a system of street lighting, speed limit repeater signs are not permitted in this type of situation. The 30 signs as you enter the limit were not obscured at the time of my site visit, the office responsible for the area will consider the installation of 'pedestrians in carriageway' warning signs in the 2019/20 financial year.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:50, Tuesday 12 February 2019

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