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Traffic mirror needed on right hand side of road (if travelling from Banbury on the A361) to enable cars to safely pull off the driveway from Stonesfield Cottage, Wardington. Especially needed to protect cyclists coming around this blind corner.

Reported anonymously at 15:50, Wednesday 23 September 2020

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

The blind bend on the A361 if travelling from Banbury is an issue. Since HS2 works have been carried out to widen the road the vehicles seem to be coming much faster around the corner thus making it difficult to pull off of the driveway for Stonesfield Cottage. This is especially dangerous for cyclists. A traffic mirror placed on the edge of the disused piece of forest land opposite (owned by the Council) would resolve this issue and make this bend far safer for vehicles driving through the village and for cars pulling away from the drive for Stonesfield Cottage. With an increase in traffic due to this being a main HS2 route, it is essential that this mirror be fitted, as an accident with one of the large lorries who will be transporting large volumes of earth to and from the HS2 site could cause a very serious incident. As the owner of Stonesfield Cottage, I would be happy to pay for the mirror and purchase this small piece of forest land from the Council to erect a mirror if necessary. Many thanks for your understanding!

Council ref: ENQ20876771

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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 15:50, Wednesday 23 September 2020

  • Thank you for your report. Unfortunately, as part of our Traffic Signs policy, TSP5, Oxfordshire County Council do not permit the erection of traffic mirrors on any part of the Public Highway.
    The image they provide can be misleading in terms of vehicle speed and distance giving drivers a false sense of security, potentially leading to vehicles emerging injudiciously.
    They can create an unreasonable dependence on the mirror, and if dirty, can distort or restrict the view.
    They are also prone to vandalism and fogging in poor atmospheric conditions and can cause glare from the sun or car headlights.
    Please raise speeding related issues with Thames Valley Police on 101 or, who will be able to advise you further regarding this matter. Thank you

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 17:57, Wednesday 23 September 2020

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