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Long rut in the road makes cyclists fall off

Reported in the Pothole category by Justin Greenhalgh at 14:33, Sat 13 April 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

For more than two months there has been a gradual failure of the backfill in a trench. The result is that at one side there is a deep rut just the right size for a bicycle tyre, running along the road. I fell on the kerb; others will be less lucky.

Council ref: ENQ19831375

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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 14:35, Sat 13 April 2019

  • Still there!

    Posted by Justin Greenhalgh at 08:28, Sun 12 May 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Thank you for your report. Can you please advise us what this report relates to? Unfortunately, I am unable to view any photos attached.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:23, Tue 21 May 2019

  • Sorry the photos didn't get through; I've tried again to include them. The problem is that a backfilled trench running along the road is starting to fail along the edges - in one area this has led to a narrow gutter a couple of meters long. My trye went in it, and once that happens it is pretty much impossible not to fall off the bike. I was lucky; I fell onto the grass verge. If I'd gone the other way into he road it could have been quite nasty.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Justin Greenhalgh at 14:24, Tue 21 May 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 20:25, Sun 9 June 2019

  • Failed trench infill still not fixed. Problem extending downhill towards the A338 junction.

    Posted anonymously at 18:34, Wed 3 July 2019

  • Still not fixed; getting worse.

    Posted by Justin Greenhalgh at 23:30, Sun 7 July 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • This deep trench extends for much of Harcourt Way and Harcourt Road and is in a particularly dangerous position running where cyclists would normally be positioned. This is a major cycle route linking Sustrans Route 544 with North Wantage and needs urgent repair.

    Posted anonymously at 12:28, Mon 12 August 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 19:22, Mon 12 August 2019

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