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We have an average of one road traffic accident on this stretch of the A4074 per week. A car has crashed through our neighbors fence again tonight Three separate incidents of road traffic accidents in three years have resulted in cars crashing through our fence. We have a disabled child and a baby and it is unsafe to use our garden due to the speed of vehicles on this road and risk of serious injury if a vehicle was to crash through our fence into our garden or home. The visibility into Rokeby is extremely poor. The areas either side of us on the A4074 at Cane End and Mapledurham are 30 mph, our stretch of road is 50 mph which is exceeded hundreds of times per day. We would like the road speed limit to be reduced to 30 mph in line with the stretch either side of us, speed cameras put adjacent to Rokeby Road to reduce risk of a fatality/fatalities.

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 01:01, Thursday 24 October 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 4 minutes later

There is serious risk to life due to speed limit of 50mph in a residential area.

Council ref: ENQ19845864

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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 01:05, Thursday 24 October 2019

  • The problem of excessive speed along this stretch of road has previously been reported to OCC and RBC many times. The last time it was reported, this is a summarised transcript of the complaint and response from OCC, which suggests that some action could be taken via the local parish council. I am not a resident of the Mapledurham parish (resident of Caversham) so did not take it up with them, but pursued action through our local councillor. It may could be worth taking this up with your parish council?

    High Speed Vehicles Hello, As a local resident, it is noted that yet another accident has occurred on the notorious A4074 (car in road side bushes South of Cane End) today/yesterday. The speed limit through Cane End Northwards was reduced from 50 to 40mph a few years ago; 'A4074 at Cane End - a 40mph limit in place of existing 50mph limit and extension of existing 50mph limit northwards to the junction with Exlade Street'. I would like to see the speed limit reduced from 50 to 40 mph Southwards from Cane End, through the dangerous bends and Chazey Heath (many resident houses with concealed driveways entering the road) to the 30 mph sign at Caversham. I am a resident on this road on the Upper Woodcote Road and the high speed of traffic is extremely dangerous. Most vehicles are still travelling at close to (or even above) 50 mph even as they pass Shepherds Lane at the edge of Caversham Heights. Along this road there are several bus stops with people (of all ages) crossing, two pubs very popular with ramblers and many cyclists crossing from the Goring Heath Road. In addition to this, the new primary school at Mapledurham Playing Fields will result in more pedestrians/cyclists using this road to access these facilities. In addition to the safety aspect, a reduction to 40 mph should result in a reduction in the extreme acceleration that nearly all motorists seem to have to do as soon as they see the 50 sign on leaving Caversham North-bound. The environmental impact alone should be reason enough to reduce the limit. I would be most willing to discuss further and have a road safety/highways officer come to see in person the situation.

    The response:

    “Thank you for your enquiry. Having spoken with our Traffic and Road Safety team the speed limit here was last assessed as part of a comprehensive review of speed limits on all the County’s A and B roads completed in 2011, but no change was then recommended (as part of the review, we consulted all Parish Councils for their views; the police were also closely involved). Whilst we would be happy to review this matter again, there is currently no funding available for this work and, given the very severe financial pressures we are facing, the situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. There are, however, precedents of Parish Councils securing funding speed limit changes and, if this can be achieved then we would suggest that the first practical step would be for the Parish Council to commission a speed survey of the location. This will then give an indication of actual speeds and help guide any further considerations that may be required. We’re sorry we cannot provide a more positive response at this time, but as indicated, if the parish wish to pursue the speed survey then we will happily discuss this further with them. State changed to: No further action”

    Through contacting the Neighbourhood Policing Team, they have been to carry out several speed surveys on the A4074 at the Upper Woodcote Road, and despite them being in the highly visible police van, the report found that most vehicles are travelling at excess speed. Despite numerous requests for action to RBC, they are still to act on this (or even respond to emails). You may have better luck with OCC/SODC through your local parish council.

    Posted anonymously at 15:18, Wednesday 13 November 2019

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