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Near miss due to bus obscuring pedestrian traffic light

Reported via desktop anonymously at 15:30, Wednesday 27 July 2022

Sent to Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

I nearly had/caused a serious accident yesterday. But, I think the fault was not mine. I think it was due to the layout of the road and traffic lights.

I was driving East along London Road behind a double-decker bus. We passed the Gypsy Lane traffic lights and the bus remained in the central lane (it did not move into the bus lane). Suddenly, the bus moved into the bus lane and stopped. I assumed that it had stopped at a bus stop.

I started to overtake the bus. Fortunately, I overtake buses cautiously and my speed was about 15mph. Suddenly, a pedestrian appeared in front of my car. I did an emergency stop - about 2-3m short of the pedestrian. Both the pedestrian and I were shaken, but nobody was harmed.

The bus pulled away and I realised that instead of stopping at a bus stop, it had stopped at a pedestrian crossing!!!! I could not see the red light *through the bus* and there is no red light on the R side of the road (looking East).

The behaviour of this bus was odd. But, there will often be occasions when buses in the bus lane obscure the pedestrian traffic lights from cars in the central lane.

You need to put another traffic light that is visible to motorists when the light on the L side of the road (looking East) is obscured my buses.

Council ref: ENQ22930417

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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 15:30, Wednesday 27 July 2022

  • There is in fact a traffic light on the R side of the road (when looking East). Perhaps a passing but obscured that, so I did not see it. However, there are NO road markings for the pedestrian crossing. So, it both lights are obscured by high-sided vehicles (which could easily happen on that road), then the drivers in the main lane have nothing to warn them that there is a pedestrian crossing.

    Posted anonymously at 23:20, Friday 29 July 2022

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