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Dangerous junction. Chestnut Drive

Reported via mobile in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 11:31, Wed 18 November 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

This junction has been here for over 4 years and is still as dangerous. The volume and excessive speed of traffic especially overnight when the A34 is closed is unacceptable. The lorries thundering through last night ensured very little sleep and probable house damage due to severe vibration from the bad road surfaces. Don't drivers, especially HGVs realize that this is a village and NOT the third lane of the A34. Why is Walnut Meadow forgotten when it comes to safety ? The Cala development have speed humps and a pedestrian crossing, Wimpeys have traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing , and very often a police camera van just along the road. There have been numerous near misses and actual accidents at this junction. Speed reduction measures need to be taken as a matter of urgency. There is also no footpath on this side of the road which means having to cross the road and use the very narrow path opposite to walk into the village. Perhaps a pedestrian crossing could be considered before someone is killed.!!

Council ref: ENQ20880812

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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 11:31, Wed 18 November 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding the junction issue on Chestnut Drive. After further review in respect of the issue, the developer has no planning obligations to install traffic calming measures at this junction.

    As part of the scheme, the B4017 30mph speed limit has been extended beyond the development, to allow drivers to reduce speed before entering the village. In addition to the extension of the speed limit, 30mph roundels road marking and dragon teeth have been refreshed. Furthermore, the speed limit between Abingdon and Drayton was reduced from 50mph to 40mph in March 2018, to help reduce speed of traffic entering the village from the north.

    Road Safety Audits have been carried out by independent reviewers and no concerns have been raised regarding the junction. Traffic data has also been consulted to establish how many accidents have been reported at the junction of Chestnut Drive, Abingdon Road and junction OF Sutton Wick Lane and Abingdon Road. Over the past 5 years there has been no reported accidents relating to speed being a factor.

    In regards to the footway issue, the existing extent of the highway boundary will not allow for a suitable footway to be installed, therefore the development has tied into the exiting footway, allowing pedestrians to cross over as they have done prior to the development.

    Finally, the road surface will be reviewed once the development has been completed.

    Kind regards
    Road Agreements Team

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:37, Mon 4 January 2021

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