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Green light sequencing and visability ambiguous

Reported in the Traffic Lights (permanent only) category anonymously at 12:13, Thursday 25 April 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

I'm referring to two sets of lights on that part of the Wolvercote roundabout where the A40 (from Eynsham) joins the roundabout with the first left Woodstock Road continuing towards Kidlington. The problem is NOT the lights which A40 drivers from Eynsham see but those affecting drivers approaching the roundabout up Godstow Road from Wolvercote Green. These drivers do not have a set of lights at their junction to guide them but instead have to concentrate on four things simultaneously before crossing: a) the Woodstock Road traffic to right; b) the Sunderland Avenue traffic ahead-to-right c) the A40 Eynsham traffic to their left and d) a choice of three lanes into which to get their vehicle quickly: 1) into the lane taking oncoming traffic on to the A40 so they can get their vehicle into that same stream; OR 2) get into the lane leading on to the A34; OR 3) into the further lane to take them round the roundabout into 5 Mile Drive or Sunderland Avenue or Woodstock Road.

Now we get to the problem. In addition to all the above drivers heading on to the A34 towards Woodstock (ie past the A40 junction) have to be looking at the lights that take them across it so they know whether to stop or drive on through. They cannot dither because of traffic from five streams behind. There are two sets, a near one which they should use and a far 'obscured' one easily mistaken, when green, as the one to use. Result: they will driving into already oncoming A40 traffic. Very dangerous. The mistake is theirs but the error is predictable and needs a solution.

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  • I am a City Councillor for Wolvercote and am aware personally and through residents of the problem in sequencing the traffic lights - referred to in the report above. There is a real danger for drivers emerging from Godstow Road and intending to cross either into Five Mile Drive, Sunderland Avenue or Woodstock Road south. They have to negotiate traffic coming both from the A40 and the A44 and the timing of the traffic lights for both roads does not allow enough time for a driver emerging from Godstow Road to get across safely. I look forward to hearing from you. Liz Wade City Councillor for Wolvercote

    Posted by Liz Wade at 12:33, Wednesday 15 May 2019

  • Thank you for recently contacting Oxfordshire County Council regarding the Wolvercote roundabout traffic signal junction. The operation of the juction has been checked and found to be working as intended without any current faults. The alignment of the signal heads onsite has also been been checked and believe that the current arrangement is the best achievable at this site.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted anonymously at 10:47, Thursday 16 May 2019

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