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Road Safety Issue

Reported anonymously at 18:13, Thu 3 September 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council less than a minute later

Dear Sir/Madam

We have two serious road safety concerns that we believe should be addressed.

1) Last week there was an accident at the junction of Middletown Road and the Main Road in Hailey. This involved two cars, one exiting Middletown Road and the other proceeding along the Main Road. The car travelling along the Main Road was being driven by an elderly gentleman accompanied by his wife; there was also a cyclist who narrowly escaped being involved in the accident.

The car exiting Middletown Road had its vision obscured by a vehicle parked on the white chevrons, too near to the junction, in the pull-in area outside the former Post Office. The elderly couple did not apparently, want to report the accident and proceeded to clear the debris that was in the road from their damaged car. The cyclist was visibly shaken.

The chevrons have been recently repainted and we must assume were probably shortened from their previous length, as a vehicle was parked over them at the time of repainting. The pull-in area was initially, we understand, created for the former Post Office. It is now being used for permanent parking as is the chevron area within it.

2) The X9 bus on its route from Witney to Chipping Norton, the northerly route, has no official stop at Middletown, whereas on the southerly route there is a designated bus stop pull-in. As there is no designated bus stop on this northerly route the bus will stop in the road, often along side the vehicles parked in the lay-by, by the old cemetery wall, to allow passengers to get off. This is obviously dangerous.

Would it not be advisable for safety reasons, to designate the pull-in outside

Council ref: ENQ20875368

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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 18:13, Thu 3 September 2020

  • Dear Sir/Madam, Further to our safety concerns that we advised you on 3rd September (Hailey Main Road/Middletown Road, we confirm that the School Bus (northerly route) does in fact drop off children by the Ancient Cemetary alongside parked cars..the X29 also deposits passengers there. This is not safe. However, we have observed the X29 dropping off passengers on the corner, at the junction of Hailey Main Road and Middleton Road Junction; again, beside a line of parked cars. Surely it makes sense to re-instate what was once a pull-in for the Post Office/Store (now used as a lay-by for long term parking. This area is beside our house, Old Post Office Cottage; we would agree to this. Whilst we know that all Council Offices are working with reduced staff, it must make sense for passengers and pupils to alight safely. The proposed pull-in is opposite the southerly X29 bus stop. The road through Hailey is now a busy, dangerous road. Not only are there no speed cameras and despite the signals for a 20m.p.h. speed limit. (Primary School) .it is ignored. Since the weight restriction was brought into force through Burford, traffic now thunders through Hailey. These huge Articulated lorries are now racing through this ancient village at 4a.m.etc, waking the residents and shaking their houses. This has unfortunately become a new short cut for many such huge vehicles on their way to there destination. Do you not have highway records of that stretch of the road confirming the status of lay-bys, pull-ins, bus stops, speed limit signs etc? Please note we include our initial communication and have on this occasion forwarded the latter communication and this to our M.P, Robert Courts This route is dangerous on so many levels!

    Posted anonymously at 09:47, Wed 23 September 2020

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 19:13, Thu 1 October 2020

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