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Poor and Confusing Lane Markings

Reported in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category anonymously at 13:09, Friday 26 July 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

As you drive along Hennef Way in the direction of the M40 you are presented with an almost impossible task at the Daventry Road roundabout. The outside and centre lanes of the carriageway are marked as 'straight ahead', but immediately on entering the roundabout the right hand lane is marked as 'right turn' only. The other lane has two 'straight ahead' arrows painted on the road, but both arrows are in one wide lane. In a car travelling at more than 20 mph it is virtually impossible to follow the 'straight ahead' markings painted on the roundabout and for HGV's - absolutely no chance. The result is for traffic to appear to lane-hop straight across the roundabout in a state of total confusion whilst trying to avoid each other and the slip road kerbing that partially blocks the exit from the roundabout as you head up to the motorway. Collisions on that roundabout are a relatively frequent occurence as your own highway statistics will tell you. Surely it would make far more sense for the right-hand lane on the roundabout to be marked with a 'straight ahead or turn right' set of markings and the other wide lane to have a single 'straight ahead' arrow to emphasise that there is only one physical lane (not two) and provide the additional turning space needed for HGV's and buses. The end result would be two lanes on the Hennef Way approach, two lanes on the roundabout and two lanes up towards the M40 and therefore no requirement for any vehicle to change lane.

Council ref: ENQ19838797

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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 13:10, Friday 26 July 2019

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