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Unmarked trafrfic island

Reported in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category anonymously at 16:25, Mon 28 September 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

A year ago a traffic island was created in the middle of the A420 and simply marked with temporary signs, weighted down with sandbags. These signs are unlit and are frequently knocked over.

On Thursday 24 September at about 0630 I was driving east towards Oxford and was confronted by a car heading west which was in the process of overtaking a lorry when the oncoming driver reaisied that he was driving into the island. He chose to drive onto my carriage-way around the island forcing me to take very hard evasive action.

The warning sign on the island for westbound traffic was indeed lying on the ground. As stted this situation has now been going on for a year and the island is frequently hit.

In view of the fact that two other islands have recently been inserted on the A420 and completed within weeks this situation can only be described as totally negligent. It creates a hazard which is a constant danger and I see no reason why this situation should be tolerated any further

Council ref: ENQ20877120

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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 16:26, Mon 28 September 2020

  • Dear Mr Sheil,

    Thank you for reporting this. We are aware that the works to the traffic island have not been completed. We are in discussions with the developer and their contractor, who are in the process of booking road space with our Network Management team to complete these works. We have advised the developer that the works need to be completed as a matter of urgency and have asked them to provide us with a date as soon as they can.

    Kind regards

    Road Agreements Team

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:51, Wed 14 October 2020

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:37, Mon 26 October 2020

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