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Wrong tactile slabs installed at 15 locations near JR entrance

Reported via desktop in the Highway Schemes category anonymously at 14:04, Monday 4 January 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

For locations, see attached screen shot photo. A photo from one of the 15 locations shows the wrong slab type installed (the white paint is the cycle/pedestrian dividing line). Other locations on Headley Way need to be checked. From the JR towards London Road, the correct tramline slabs have been used on the cycle track side, but the incorrect caudroy slabs have been used on the pedestrian half - I'm not sure how many are like this, I only checked 1. This results in 1. Cycle front wheels get trapped (guided) in the narrower/deeper groove. 2. White stick users will be informed of a general hazard, when they should be informed that they are about to walk onto a cycle track. Both the above are potentially dangerous. From DfT "Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces" Para 5.2 says the correct slabs should be The profile of the tactile surface comprises a series of raised, flattopped bars, each 5mm (±0.5mm) high, 30mm wide, and spaced 70mm apart. They SHOULD NOT be corduroy slabs (Para 2.2) surface comprises rounded bars running transversely across the direction of pedestrian travel. The bars are 6mm (± 0.5mm) high, 20mm wide and spaced 50mm from the centre of one bar to the centre of the next

Council ref: ENQ21883697

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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 14:04, Monday 4 January 2021

  • Fedback on the current slabs from 2 of our club members. " I cycle there with my children for appointments every two months or so and I had skidded on them which I thought was strange. So your explanation really helps - it wasn't icy or wet conditions but literally the wrong surface" "I cycle up and down there every day, and think they are just terrible – very slippy, de-railing and dangerous"

    Posted anonymously at 11:50, Saturday 16 January 2021

  • Enquiry passed on to the relevant department on 04 January.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:16, Monday 18 January 2021

  • Thank you for your report.

    Your report has been passed to the relevant team.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 07:33, Tuesday 19 January 2021

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