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Dangerous bend in Rose Bank, Bloxham

Reported via desktop in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category anonymously at 16:02, Friday 19 February 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

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The entry to my property, Little Bennetts in Rose Bank, lies on the inside of the bend at the top of the road. Visibility of the entrance for approaching drivers and cyclists is extremely limited, and, similarly, visibility for drivers leaving the property is extremely limited. Leaving the property requires extreme care in looking out for approaching traffic and is still fraught with risk (see photos).When schools are open, Rose Bank is used by students walking and cycling to and from the Warriner School and by students from Bloxham School walking to and from lessons. Traffic is heavy twice a day at Bloxham School opening and closing times, with cars entering and leaving the School entrance opposite Little Bennetts. Most drivers using Rose Bank take reasonable care, but a sizeable minority do not. For drivers not used to the area, the approach to the bend from the Brickle Lane direction is particularly dangerous because the entrance to Little Bennetts is almost invisible until the very last moment. Fortunately, there has not (as far as I know) been an accident, but we have experienced a significant number of crash stops by approaching drivers as we leave, especially (although not only) those coming from the Brickle Lane direction. The only practical action I can envisage to reduce the danger of accident or injury is to mount a convex mirror on the lamp post opposite the entry to Little Bennetts. This would provide visibility of oncoming traffic from both directions for drivers leaving the property, and a view of the gateway for approaching drivers. Attached are some photographs to illustrate the situation described above.

Council ref: ENQ21887999

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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 16:02, Friday 19 February 2021

  • The county do not provide or support the use of road mirrors on the 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 are prone to vandalism, fogging in poor atmospheric conditions and glare from the sun or car headlights. If, however, permission is granted by a landowner adjacent to, but off the highway and therefore outside the jurisdiction of the County, a suitable post and mirror may be erected. The County could accept no responsibility for a mirror so erected. Permission is not given for a mirror to be erected on the highway maintainable at public expense.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 17:50, Tuesday 13 July 2021

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