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Oxford road Dorchester

Reported anonymously at 06:23, Monday 17 June 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council 2 minutes later

I travel regularly to on the Thames Travel buses, the X39, X40 and X38. The bus stop on the Dorchester by-pass (Oxford to Reading side) has a large lay-by and lorries and coaches park in it. However, because the 'bus stop' marked area is in the middle of the lay-by, these vehicles park either end of the lay-by, which means passengers at the stop cannot see if a bus is approaching. Therefore you need to stand back from the bus stop to see if the bus is coming and then take your life in your hands and stand out in the middle of the by-pass, beyond the parked vehicles, to flag the bus down. If you do not do this the bus driver cannot see you and goes by without stopping.It would be far more sensible if the ‘bus stop’ area was at the bottom end of the layby, furthest away from the bridge, allowing the coaches and lorries to park nearer the bridge and therefore not obscure any passengers waiting for the bus and giving the bus drivers a chance of stopping for them. On the other side of the by-pass (Reading to Oxford) you have done this so the lorries, coaches any other vehicles park just one end, but again it would be better if they could park furthest away from the bridge, again allowing passengers a view of the bus approaching. Also on this side, you get off the bus furthest away from the bridge and then have to walk back and around to get onto the footpath, ifthe stop was moved nearer the bridge you are nearer to the footpath, this is especially relevant in the dark winter months.I hope you can do something about this. The bypass is a very fast road, with lots of over-taking, and it is dangerous to stand out in the middle of it hailing the bus.

Council ref: ENQ19835556

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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 06:25, Monday 17 June 2019

  • This report is not the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council and will be passed to the relevant organisation.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 06:49, Wednesday 19 June 2019

  • Has anything been done? NO. I still have to stand in the middle of the fast A4074 hailing buses. What do you want a death before doing anything about it?

    Posted anonymously at 12:27, Friday 5 July 2019

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