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Dangerous crossing area- several near misses of school children

Reported via mobile in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 09:08, Sat 13 March 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

There is a blind corner on Princes Ride and cars travel too fast. Crossing this road from the pedestrian pathway (Willoughby Way) to Crecy Walk is extremely hazardous at the end and start of the school day. This is worsened by cars parking here to pick up /drop off at school. My son and his friend were in a near miss on Thursday- this is not the first time. Please monitor this situation and consider adding a pedestrian crossing and/or speed bumps or lowering the speed limit. There is some urgency to this!!!

Council ref: ENQ21890005

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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 09:09, Sat 13 March 2021

  • Replied via FMS

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:17, Wed 24 March 2021

  • Thank you for your email requesting a crossing for Princes Ride Woodstock. There is a little snippet of info in the following link. residents/ roads-and-transport/ street-maintenance-z/ pedestrian-and-cycle-crossings Having looked at the site, both on google and having visited the site, I’m not sure this location would be suitable for a controlled crossing. (A controlled crossing being one where vehicles are required to stop either due to the presence of zebra beacons or traffic signals). The proximity to junctions and private access make this location problematic. Crossings must be located away from junctions. Forward visibility needs to be adequate also. A very important consideration is where people actually cross the road too… this is called a desire line. We would need to carry out surveys to determine this, along with vehicle and pedestrian numbers. Providing an appropriate crossing based on the results, in a point away from junctions etc, but where pedestrians are unlikely to use it would be counter-productive. Of little comfort I presume but I can at least say, having checked our injury accident data for Woodstock, we have no recorded injury accidents in Princes Ride or the length from Oxford Rd through to Shipton Rd. A further consideration would I’m afraid be funding. The County would not have funding for such a crossing at this time. We are increasingly reliant on contributions from developers to implement measures to improve the environment immediately surrounding their development. I believe the new crossing on the A44 was such an example but it would be “stretching it” (please excuse my clumsy phrase)(for want of a better description) to ask that developer to provide measures just outside their immediate vicinity. That doesn’t stop us from trying though! At least in Princes Ride the footways are reasonably good so pedestrians do have a good choice of where to cross and to feel safer doing so. I appreciate this is not an altogether positive response but I hope it does at least highlight some of the wider considerations. We will continue to monitor the location.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:18, Wed 24 March 2021

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:54, Tue 13 April 2021

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