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Dangerous pedestrian road crossing across slip road due to poor road layout

Reported via desktop in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 11:31, Friday 26 May 2023

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

Pedestrians travelling between Kennington and the Southern Bypass are forced to cross the 60mph bypass slip road twice in the space of 100m.

This is made even more dangerous by vehicles entering the slip road northbound from Kennington Road, who do so at speed and by cutting diagonally across the very wide junction mouth.

Vehicles also disregard the updated highway code and do not stop to allow pedestrians waiting to cross here.

In heavy traffic, getting across this slip road safely is extremely hazardous.

There are two obvious steps that should be taken:

- Extend the pavement/cycle path from the Southern Bypass bridge down the slip road so it connects with the existing pavement on Kennington Road. (Why this was not done when work was completed here a few years ago is a mystery.) This would allow pedestrians to get to Kennington without having to cross the slip road twice.

- Install a pedestrian refuge at the mouth of the slip road junction with Kennington Road, so that users can stagger their journey across the road.

At bare minimum, and as a short term solution, the verge on the slip road should be cut back so pedestrians can travel between the bypass and Kennington without having to cross the slip road. This verge has been cut historically (see Google Earth c2012) so there is no reason why it cannot be maintained as another route for pedestrians.

Council ref: ENQ23963262

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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 11:32, Friday 26 May 2023

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