Very dangerous junction
Reported in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category by Simon Ferguson at 01:02, Sun 1 December 2019
Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later
I negotiate this junction twice a day and it is a fatality waiting to happen. The road markings are unclear, causing confusion when drivers on the Oxford Road are turning from northbound to their right, or southbound to their right. There is a center lane which appears to be for either maneuver, however you frequently have two drivers needing to do this at the same. The road markings do not give either turner a priority, and because the junction is slightly staggered neither the southbounder or the northbounder can turn because they are blocked by each other. One turner has to brake hard at the last minute to yield to the other, taking drivers behind by surprise. Oncoming traffic prevents the turners completing their maneuver, so you have two cars (or possibly more if others are also waiting behind) in the middle of a narrow road which is heavily used by HGV's etc travelling at the 60mph limit. Users get confused and impatient, leading to mistakes - I have witnessed many near misses. Dreadful in daylight, even worse at night in the rain. A 40mph limit would improve the situation straight away.
Council ref: ENQ19849124
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, Sun 1 December 2019
The center lane has been recently roadmarked so it is now dedicated to southbounders turning right, however there is no provision made for northbounders turning right and therefore creates a situation whereby they would need to stop on the main carriageway if they can't turn (e.g. blocked by two or more waiting southbound turners in the center lane which is a common occurrence in morning traffic) and therefore you have a car stationary on a 60mph A-road, in the middle of a very busy and confusing 4 way junction. In practice, this is counter intuitive and therefore northbound turners still use the center lane.
Posted anonymously at 23:05, Wed 4 December 2019
Thanks for this report - we are currently looking at ways of making this junction safer but funds are limited. Options which may be affordable include lowering the speed limit and adding new warning signs. Drivers turning right currently do so on a 'give and take' basis but we are currently looking at the relatively low-cost measure of removing the right-turn lane(s) and reverting to a centre line so that right-turners can overlap before turning. However, this would still be awkward to implement owing to the immediate commencement of double white lines going north.
Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 20:07, Mon 2 March 2020
Thanks for the response. Appreciate funds are limited, but the quickest and easiest way to make the junction safer is to reduce the speed limit to 40mph (two new signs over the existing 60mph signs). Please could this be done as soon as possible.
Posted by Simon Ferguson at 21:25, Mon 2 March 2020
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