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Safety barrier not replaced between busy road and deep drop into stream

Reported via desktop anonymously at 16:48, Thu 20 January 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council less than a minute later

The steel railings were bent by a falling tree some time ago, leaving the stream unguarded in part. This was notified to the council via this site. Only temporary plastic barriers and cones were deployed in response, and later we received a communication saying that no repairs would be done. Last evening (19/01/22 at c. 18:30) a car crashed into the stream via the gaping hole left in the barrier. The driver was very lucky not to have been injured, but could easily have been killed. All 3 emergency services turned out. The stream is 2 feet from the road, with an abrupt drop of 2m into the stream. It needs a proper crash barrier here, and reduced traffic speed through the accident blackspot of Cuttmill

Council ref: ENQ22914498

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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 16:48, Thu 20 January 2022

  • The driver had minor injuries after hitting cone in road and swerved into ditch.

    Posted anonymously at 17:32, Mon 24 January 2022

  • We have investigated your report and this issue has been added to a programme of work of road drainage clearing.
    Oxfordshire County Council prioritises high flood risk areas when considering drainage because of budget constraints but we will monitor reported issues during routine inspections. LINK to planned programme of work.?

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 10:06, Tue 1 February 2022

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