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Unsuitable Road increasingly being used by HGV's to avoid new weight limits

Reported via desktop in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 21:29, Monday 18 January 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

This road is becoming so dangerous for it's normal light traffic, pedestrians cyclists and horse riders, due to the huge volumes of HGV traffic increasingly using the road in attempt to avoid the new weight limits in Burford and Charlbury. The road between Judds Grave cross roads and Leafield is single carriageway in many places and the lorries are making the road wider by cutting up the grass verges making dangerous mud on the road. This is a road includes several lethal blind bends, as it progresses toward Leafield and also a well known local accident blackspot outside Quarry Hill farm, it is totally unsuitable for HGV's as leads to Leafield village only and eventually passes the village school (also a well know congestion spot). There are also three professional race-horse training yards based along this road with horse traffic passing along this road daily to access the gallops, we have experienced several near misses and there has also been a collision of horse and a vehicle recently resulting in an injured rider. these are not just medium sized lorries coming up this tiny lane but we are now regularly seeing 28tonne arctics taking up the whole of the road as they attempt to come up it.

The road should be banned to over 7.5 tonne and at the very least should have the following signs urgently placed along it at strategic points: 1. an 'Unsuitable for HGV's' sign at both ends of the road, 2. a warning sign that there are horse riders regularly using this stretch of road.

Please act quickly there is certainly going to be another fatality along this road very soon.

Council ref: ENQ21884678

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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 21:30, Monday 18 January 2021

  • Thank you for your comments. The Burford scheme is up for review shortly and we have many representations from Leafield along the same lines. The wider impacts of the scheme will be assessed with a view to deciding whether the scheme should remain after its trial period. I would suggest having a word with Leafield PC who could advise on their representations.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:47, Monday 25 January 2021

  • Burford trial scheme is under review and OCC are considering many similar representations from Leafield PC

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:48, Monday 25 January 2021

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