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Inconsistent signs and road markings

Reported in the Highway Schemes category anonymously at 13:27, Wednesday 6 February 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

If travelling south on the A4185 towards the new Chilton A34 roundabout, there are two lanes entering the roundabout. There are only two normal exits to the roundabout. One for the A34 Northbound and one two go straight on, over the bridge towards Chilton and the A34 South. Accoring to the highway code the left hand lane is for turning left or going straight on so the right hand lane serves no purpose as it is. Some people approach in the lane according the highway code and the signage, some who know the road layout better approach in the righthand lane leading to frequent confusion, aggrivation and risk of an accident on the roundabout. This could be mitigated in two ways. 1) Put arrows on the approach lanes indicating the left lane is for the left turn and the right lane is for straight on. 2) The existing roundabout sign is drawn so that the second exit appears to be straight on when in fact it further round than that. The sign could be changed to show the layout more accurately, then drivers would choose the appropriate lane correctly. The situation will get worse when the new services are built, requiring even more thought to the lane markings and signage.

Council ref: ENQ19825596

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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 13:30, Wednesday 6 February 2019

  • I have twice reported this same concern (21/5/18 and 9/1/19). Responses have included: 'signage is appropriate' and 'no history of personal injury accidents'.

    In a previous report I provided evidence of how other councils have determined a similar scenario in their area to be hazardous, and that they have offered road users additional guidance on how to manoeuvre the roundabout.

    With regards to 'no history of personal injury accidents' I consider it appalling safety protocol to only attempt to prevent accidents from occurring again, rather than ever occurring in the first place.

    This report, my previous two reports, and numerous reports in between demonstrate beyond doubt that road users find the current guidance for this roundabout wholly inadequate and unsafe.

    Drivers that frequently use this roundabout and encounter hazardous situations have informed Oxfordshire County Council of the dangers on multiple occasions, yet the response 'no further action' is continually published.

    Oxfordshire County Council has a duty of care that it continues to neglect.

    Posted anonymously at 10:13, Monday 11 February 2019

  • Thank you for your report. Your concerns have been forward to the scheme designers with a request that they are investigated as part of the Stage 4 Road Safety Audit which is due to take place in the near future.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:33, Tuesday 5 March 2019

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